Economy September 14, 2021 | 4:25 pm

U.S. inspectors are assessing local beef

U.S. inspectors will be in the country for 10 days.

To be able to export. Promoting meat production

A commission of inspectors is in the country to evaluate the laboratories and three Dominican industrial slaughterhouses to obtain the go-ahead to export beef to the United States.

This commission is from the Department of Agriculture and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the United States (APHIS). Throughout the week, they will be supervising the laboratories of the General Directorate of Medicines, Food and Sanitary Products (Digemaps), explained Enrique de Castro, president of the Dominican Association of Meat Cattle Producers (Asocarne). He said that since 1996 the country has not exported meat to the United States and is now able to export between three and five thousand tons a year.

He said that the slaughterhouses in conditions to export are Agrocarne, Mercarne, and Meat Supplier A & B, who comply with the regulations and biosecurity standards in the slaughter and processing of meat required by the authorities of the United States.

De Castro said that meat from three industrialists would be exported. This would make it possible to boost the slaughter of animals, promote meat production nationwide and improve local prices of all types of cuts.
He stressed that exporting meat would not increase national prices or deplete the local market since industrial meat is for sausages.

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Paul Tierney
September 15, 2021 9:51 am

If there is not a full time on site inspector in the works should beef export be given the green light, then there should be an inspector. Self inspections will not work in the RD. Here and abroad it is not illogical to think facilities will entertain their best attire when guests are viewing their sites. This is sort of when the Presidente is making a planned visit, the community makes sure all the streets & sidewalks are cleaned; the curbs are given a fresh coat of paint, junked cars removed, unattractive sites are made orderly, and ect. However, After the visit all goes back to standard operating procedure, SOP, of no maintenance.

The US should require a full time *FSIS inspector(s) on site at any export meat processing plant.

*FSIS, Food Safety Inspection Service.

Last edited 5 days ago by Paul Tierney