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Mexico Extends Temporary Food Safety Import Rules

29 July 2011

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

MEXICO - Mexico's National Service of Health, Food Safety, and Food Quality (SENASICA) has extended temporary procedures for obtaining import Zoosanitary Requirement Sheets (HRZ) for an additional 100 days from 21 July.

SENASICA launched its new on-line system entitled Zoosanitary Import Requirements Consult Module (MCRZI) in December, with the aim of replacing the National System for Consultation of Zoosanitary Requirement.

A transition period was established from 13 December until 9 February to allow all users (industry and government officials) time to adjusted to the new system, and if necessary, modify the MCRZI system without disrupting trade.

However, the transition period has been extended for a second time providing an additional 100 days from 21 July.

The established temporary procedures, “Mexico Defines Temporary Procedures for Obtaining HRZ” will continue to be honoured by SENASICA.

SENASICA extended the deadline to allow for continued dialogue with trade partners on the modifications within the new MCRZI system and to avoid any disruption in the trade of agricultural products between the United States and Mexico.

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