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Cuba regulates imports of food of animal origin

Havana, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) The National Center for Animal Health, attached to the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture, established special sanitary regulations for the imports of products of animal origin for human consumption, it was reported on Wednesday.

The provisions are intended to prevent the imports of biological agents that cause diseases that are harmful to domestic animals, wildlife and humans, Granma newspaper reported.

These measures are legally protected by Decree Law 137 of 1993 on Veterinary Medicine, and Resolution 537 of 2020 from the Minister of Agriculture, Regulation of Decree Law 137 on Veterinary Medicine, published in the Official Gazette.

The prohibition of imports of unpasteurized dairy products, and meat products that are not vacuum-packed or that come from wildlife is established in the document.

Commercial food imports are subject to requirements and procedures supported by sanitary, commercial and legal regulations, which are duly harmonized between the countries’ authorities, importing and exporting companies and suppliers.

The measures aims to ensure the quality and safety of food and facilitates the trade of safe goods.

However, the source made it clear that this is not the case when dealing with travelers or natural persons.