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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Authorities said today that they rejected four containers with a total of 115 tons of red beans from China due to the presence of pesticide residue.

    The Costa Rican State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) said in a statement that the shipment of beans arrived in Puerto Caldera in late July and after analysis they detected residues of pesticides that are banned in the country.

    “The shipment does not comply with the provisions of the Technical Regulations of maximum Pesticide Residues (MRL) in vegetables for human consumption,” declared the SFE.

    Because it does not meet the requirements set by the authorities, the grain will be destroyed or returned to their country of origin.

    This is the first shipment that SFE rejected this year due to the presence of pesticide residues.

    Last June, the government of Costa Rica signed a decree allowing duty free import beans in order to combat the shortage.

    The National Production Council determined that the shortage will amount to 11,264 metric tons of grain between July 2014 and January 2015, and recommended that the government issue a decree permitting imported beans of an equal amount without the 35% tariff.

    Currently, the national production of beans is about 14,000 metric tons, enough to cover almost 29% of annual consumption, estimated at 49,200 metric tons.

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