Buenos Aires – He National Agri-Food Health and Quality Service (Senasa) certified the first beef export to Barbados, after achieving the opening of that market last July. The shipment certified by Senasa consists of 24 tons of beef produced by the ArreBeef SA refrigerator in its plant located in the Buenos Aires town of Perez Millán, Ramallo district, embarked in the port of Buenos Aires towards Barbados.
“The decision of the Minister of Economy, Sergio Massa, has been from the beginning to carry out a commercial strategy aimed at expanding the export of food from our country to the world,” highlighted the Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Nation, Juan Jose Bahillo.
For its part, the President of Senasa, Diana Guillén, stated: “We are making progress in working with the health services of the different countries, together with the Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Nation and the national ministries of Economy y Of Foreign Affairsto agree on the standards that allow agri-food exports and achieve new productive opportunities for Argentina.”
Last July, the Barbados Animal Health Service had informed Senasa of the opening its market to matured, boneless beef and derived by-products from Argentinaafter more than 15 years of diplomatic and technical negotiations.
“In this sense, the State plays a strategic role in accompanying and encouraging the development of the agricultural productive sector with the aim of mutual benefit for the entire society that makes up our country. “We strive every day to add new markets that buy Argentine agri-food production and genetics based on the excellent sanitary condition of our country and the reliable safety control system that we offer to the world,” added the vice president of Senasa, Rodolfo Acerbi.
Barbados accepted the export health certificate model proposed by Senasa, allowing exports from Argentina. The health service of the Caribbean country also accepted that Senasa is the one that prepares and sends the list of meat processing plants authorized to sell their products to this destination.
He head of the veterinary service of Barbados, Mark Trotmanhad advanced the decision to vice president of Senasa, Rodolfo Acerbiduring a bilateral meeting held in Mexico City, within the framework of an interregional plenary meeting.
Negotiations with Barbados began at the level Caribbean Community (Caricom) In 2007 and, finally, in 2023, Senasa managed to get its counterpart in the Caribbean country to make its regulations more flexible, accepting the sanitary conditions of Argentine meat with respect to the foot-and-mouth disease status.
It should be noted that, in addition, Senasa certifies the export to Barbados of products of plant origin such as: refined soybean oil, soybean oil and vegetable oil.
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