Costa Rica revamps food safety with nuclear technology
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Costa Rica no longer depends on laboratories abroad to guarantee food safety and to stay competitive thanks, in part, to nuclear technology and to the support of the IAEA and FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
“We analyse 310 samples a month, 25 percent more than we did two years ago,” said Yajaira Salazar, food safety expert at Costa Rica’s National Laboratory for Diagnosis and Research in Animal Health, while walking in her lab amid polished machines and flashing green lights. Salazar and her colleagues have participated in several IAEA training courses and fellowships and can now perform marine biotoxin analysis and quality management, among others.