Canadian beef exports will soon have access to Panama for the first time since 2003. Panama has approved Canada’s meat inspection system and lifted the ban on Canadian beef imposed in 2003 because of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a federal release says.
“I’m pleased to see that Panama recognizes that Canada produces safe, high-quality beef and pork products and I encourage all countries in Latin America to open their doors,” Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said.
Approving Canada’s meat inspection system and granting of access to Canada is important because it gives exporters the ability to ship beef and pork from all federally registered Canadian meat establishments, the release says.
Canada and Panama also concluded negotiations on a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement covering goods, services and investment, among other areas. Parallel accords on labour co-operation and the environment were also negotiated.