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Poultry Sector Insists on More Regulation

by 5m Editor
28 June 2012, at 9:15am

PUERTO RICO - Dozens of chicken producers whose farms are closed due to the decline of the agricultural sector, arrived in the Capitol in San Juan to monitor the process that the House of Representatives will give the project that would create the Office of Meat Inspection Chicken.

The measure passed by the Senate, if successful, will determine in the House of Representatives, according to Elnuevodia.com.

"This is a project that no one should stop supporting because all it does is the inspection of the product," said Francisco Norat, president of the Poultry Farmers Association Picú Canto Alegre (Avicapi), on the outskirts of the cameral chamber pending the start of legislative work.

Mr Norat said he would remain on Capitol Hill with the rest of the farming community until the measure was brought before the consideration of the full House of Representatives.

"We will not allow that project was shelved leave on the desktop (Joseph) Chico Vega" he said, referring to the chairman of the House Committee on Government body to which was referred the bill.

Mr Norat said that some members of Avicapi met with Chico Vega, as well as with President Jenniffer González.

The bill authored by Senator Luis Berdiel seeks to expand the scope of control of state government to alleged acts of tampering committed in the poultry sector, which includes, among other things, the sale of frozen poultry as if it were fresh.

Organizations like the Chamber of Marketing, Industry and Food Distribution (MIDA) and the Restaurant Association have expressed their opposition to the legislation.