Costa Rica beef and powdered milk can now be sold Russia. The approval was announced by Russia’s federal veterinarian and health control with which the Costa Rican equivalent agency, SENASA, had been working.
The Russian agency confirmed that Costa Rica has met all standards for the export of beef and dried milk to the Russian Federation. The companies Ganaderos Industrias de Costa Rica for beef and the Dos Pinos milk products giant are the only two companies so far certified.
Still, it is a great step forward.
Costa Rica in the past few years has not been selling beef abroad as much as during the 1970s and ’80s when companies such as McDonald’s were searching for sources of grass fed lean beef for their hamburgers.
The last poll of cattle raising in 2013 showed that 1.8 million hectares of the country’s surface is devoted to pasture to feed 1,57 million head of cattle on 45,780 farms, many quite small. Sales before the Russian certification totaled $51 million in 2012.
Dos Pinos exports milk products already and serves, as a cooperative, many dairies both in the Meseta Central and other provinces.
Article by iNews.co.cr, with editing by the Q