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Statement of Amb. Richard T. Crowder, Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Regarding the Panama Free Trade Agreement Negotiations

"The Government of Panama requested a visit to the United States for a technical review of our food safety inspection system. We have agreed to this request and are working to expedite the visit. We believe this visit will give the Panamanian government an even greater comfort level with our regulatory system and the safety of U.S. food. "

"This visit by Panama is a part of its ongoing programs to protect human, animal and plant life and health, consistent with its rights under the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures of the WTO."

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