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Mexico Not Set for Bioterrorism Act

Only half of Mexico’s food exporters to the United States have met requirements under a new US bioterrorism law, Mexican officials say. “The low figure was due to Mexican exporters’ tacit rejection” of the law, which takes effect Friday, the president of the National Agro-Food Council (CNA) said. Armando Paredes said about 4,000 – roughly 60% – of the 7,500 Mexican exporters had registered. The list of non-compliant companies, including Corona, Bimbo and Jumex, are among the largest suppliers to the US, Juan Carlos Baker, in charge of Mexican-US trade at the Mexican Economy Ministry, said. “That represents 80 to 90% of the large Mexican export categories,” he said. Ministry figures show that only 3,000 of the 7,500 exporters have registered with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as they are required by law to do starting Friday. However, there is a four-month grace period, so imports will not stop cold. Full Story

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