Nicaragua with negligible risk for mad cow disease

Now you can sell cuts with bone and bone-in meat meal to more countries

Since October, Venezuela, which had established itself as the second market for meat, stopped buying this product. THE PRESS / ARCHIVE

Nicaragua eliminated yesterday one of the multiple obstacles it faces to place its meat products in the international market. The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE for its acronym in English) changed the status of moderate risk, which had since 2012, to insignificant risk for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), popularly known as mad cow disease.


This change will allow meat and bone meal and bone cuts to be sent to countries that maintain the insignificant status for BSE as a requirement to enter their markets, confirmed Raul Barrios, president of the Nicaraguan Chamber of Bovine Meat Exporting Plants (Canicarne) .

Given that this disease is transmitted through the "bones and nervous tissues, some countries require negligible risk as a requirement for these two products to enter their markets, although not for meat and other cuts," Barrios explained.


Nicaragua had been complying with several regulations to achieve this change for several years and during the OIE general session held annually in May, the Institute for Agricultural Health and Protection (IPSA) will receive the document that certifies the new status.

And although this is good news for the sector since it will facilitate the sale of the two mentioned products, it does not mean that it opens the doors of all the countries. "It is only the fulfillment of one more requirement of the many that the markets demand for the entry of meat and by-products," Barrios clarified.

The explanation arises because yesterday in his usual press conference, the president of the Higher Council of Private Enterprise (Cosep), José Adán Aguerri announced that the country received a certification that will allow him to export meat to the whole world and several media reproduced information.

"As soon as this certificate is received, Nicaraguan meat can be exported to any market in the world, including the most demanding in this case, the European and Chilean markets ... This will open markets for our meat to reach this type of markets that before could not arrive ", assured Aguerri yesterday and although THE PRESS asked him to clarify the information it did not respond to the request. It was Canicarne who provided the clarification.


The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has its headquarters in Paris, France and is made up of delegates from 181 countries, including Nicaragua, and one of its functions is "to guarantee the sanitary safety of world trade through the preparation of of sanitary rules applicable to international exchanges of animals and products of animal origin ".

The delegates of the countries meet at least once a year at the headquarters of the organization in Paris, France to celebrate the general session that normally takes place in May and the rules that it has been recognized by the World Trade Organization (WTO). ) as a world reference.