The government has lifted the disqualification of sanitary records for meat products from Brazil.

The Panamanian Food Safety Authority (AUPSA) (link in Spanish) has lifted the disqualification of sanitary records (link in Spanish) for processed meat products from Brazil as they are unrelated to the investigation currently underway there.

AUPSA issued a resolution in March 2017 that temporarily disqualified sanitary records for Brazilian meat products as a preventative measure.

After carrying out the necessary investigations and receiving notifications from Brazilian sanitary authorities, AUPSA established that the Brazilian meat products that are imported and sold in Panama are not connected to the investigations into irregularities in meat processing plants in various Brazilian states.

A resolution issued on May 5, 2017, re-authorized sanitary records for meat products, allowing firms to sell them once more.

Sanitary regulations are a fundamental aspect of the competitiveness of the beef export sector, as several analysts have pointed out.