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USSEC Offers Food Safety Technical Support in Dominican Republic

The meat-processing sector in the Dominican Republic uses 85 percent of the soy protein imported into the country. In late July, the Consumer Protection Agency claimed several processed meats available in the market were not fit for human consumption. This information devastated processed meat sales, specifically salami, which is a staple food in the country. Currently, sales decreased by 75 percent, and some plants are expected to close.
USSEC contractor Julio Chaves recently met with several meat processing companies and members of a meat processors association to provide technical assistance. In order to stay competitive, Chaves discussed food safety procedures, such as residual nitrates and bacterial count. Chaves also provided recommendations to two plants that are in the process of building new infrastructure.