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Policy Information

Policy Information

Government Agency(s) / Competent Authority

Authorized Government Agency(s):

National Service of Land and Cattle (SENASA) authorized by the Secretary of Agriculture and Cattle (SAG).

Agency(s) Contact Information:

SENASA
Ave.La FAO, Boulevar Miraflores, Edf. SENASA.
Tegucigalpa Honduras, C.A Apartado Postal N.309

Phone: (504) 2232-6213, 2239-7089, 2239-7067
Fax: (504) 2231-0786
Website

Department of Organic Agriculture (Departamento de Agricultura Organica) (Website in English)

Organic Regulations and/or Standards

Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard:

Organic Production Act
Regulaciones Técnicas y Jurídicas Nacionales decreto Nº 146-03 Reglamento sobre Agricultura Organica (website in Spanish)

Date of Implementation: 2002

Regulation and/or Standard Scope:

All stages of production, processing, preparation, storage, transportation and marketing, are subject to inspection and comply with these guidelines.

Promote an agricultural country in Harmony with Nature, ensuring consumers the supply of agricultural products that meet the valid international standards in organic agriculture. Promote international trade of fresh food and organic processes in Honduras

Imported Products

A finished product marketed as organic must contain all the ingredients of agricultural origin, produced, imported or obtained in accordance with these rules.

Inputs and imported organic products may be marketed only in the country where:

1. The competent authority or agency in the country of origin that has issued a certificate of inspection, which indicate that they have been obtained by a method of organic production rules equivalent to Honduras regulation.

2. The importer in Honduras must be registered with SENASA as an operator of organic produce and inspected by an accredited certifying the same instance.

3. The assessment will be for imports into the principles of equivalence and transparency, as is established in the Principles for the Inspection and Certification of Food Import and Export. In accepting imports of organic products, the country will evaluate inspection procedures, certification and standards applied in the exporting country.

Imported products lose their organic status when they do not comply with the requirements of this regulation, for example, having suffered a quarantine treatment, required by national regulations, which do not conform to these guidelines.

Certification and Accreditation

Certification:

Registered Certifying Agencies

Accreditation Method:

Government

Accreditation:

SENASA

Additional Information

Reference Standards:

Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, plus Panama and the Dominican Republic are benchmarking their standards to a regional organic standard - the Central America Regional Standard. August 2016 these regional standards were put before the World Trade Organization for comment.

Additional Information:

USDA's GAIN Report Honduras Retail Foods (2017)
USDA’s GAIN Report Honduras Exporter Guide (2017)
USDA’s GAIN Report Honduras Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative (2016)

Definitions

Definitions

Term

Definition

Health and Wellness

Health and wellness is the aggregation of organic packaged food and beverages, fortified/functional packaged food and beverages, naturally healthy packaged food and beverages, better for you packaged food and beverages and food intolerance products.

Organic packaged foods and beverages

This category includes packaged food & beverages that are certified organic by an approved certification body. Organic production is based on:

• A system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers.
• Organic food & beverages are minimally processed without artificial ingredients, preservatives or irradiation.
• The use of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organism) is prohibited. “Certified Organic” means the item has been grown according to strict uniform standards that are verified by independent state or private organizations.
• Depending on the country, such products are called ‘organic’, ‘biological’ or ‘ecological’: For organic products to be included under Euromonitor definitions, the organic aspect needs to form part of positioning/marketing of the product. This is an aggregation of organic baby food, bakery, confectionery, dairy, ice cream, oils and fats, ready meals, rice, sauces, dressings and condiments, snack bars, soups, spreads, sweet and savory snacks and other organic food.

Note that fresh food products or individual ingredients are not included in this definition.

Compound annual growth rate (CAGR)

The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is the average annual growth rate over a specified period of time. For instance, the CAGR consumption of from 2016 – 2019 will be the average growth rates across these three years.

USDA GATS data clarification

The data presented in table 2.4 represents the dollar values of the top 5 organic commodities as well as of the total organic exports of the trade partner for the period 2016-2019 as per the United States Department of Agriculture’s Global Agricultural Trade System, a database consisting of international agricultural, fish, forest and textile products trade statistics dating from the inception of the Harmonized coding system in 1989 to present.