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EU collaborates with Caribbean to upgrade food export quality

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Friday, 11 October 2013

EU collaborates with Caribbean to upgrade food export quality

The European Union (EU) agreed on Wednesday 9 October to spend 11.57 million Euros to help the Caribbean Countries to improve their production systems to ensure that food exports meet international standards, officials said.
The EU Ambassador to Guyana, Robert Kopecky, and the Director General of the Inter American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture, Victor Villalobos, signed the agreement during the Caribbean Week of Agriculture, which was held in Guyana. Kopecky told AFP that the funds of this three-year project, would be used for training and possibly the establishment of food testing laboratories.
"Nobody doubts the quality and organic nature of the products of the Caribbean but some bureaucratic procedures from the point of view of consumer protection aren't simply there," said Kopecky.
He explained that robust sanitary and phytosanitary standards would ensure that the Caribbean could take valuable advantage of its Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU.
The ambassador said that not only food exports to the EU would be of a high standard but also food sent to other markets.
Since the Caribbean signed the EPA with EU the in 2008, very little has been done to boost trade to Europe.

Source: EUbusiness.com