The importance of panela in Colombia is undeniable and its strong consumption in several regions of the country makes it clear; Therefore, after knowing the production process, it is worth knowing what are the requirements for its marketing and export.
The health decrees have been updated over the years in order to improve the quality of panela and take advantage of technological advances in production; thus, in 2006 through Resolution 779, the Ministry of Social Protection establishes the technical regulation with the sanitary requirements that must be met in the creation and commercialization of panela. This provision was modified by the National Government through Resolution 4121 of 2011, but both documents highlight the importance of properly cleaned spaces and the inputs that guarantee the quality of the product. Next, we expose some of the norms that govern the Colombian sugar mills:
The reception, production and storage areas should avoid cross-contamination.
The trapiche must have sanitary services marked and physically separated from the processing areas, in good conditions of cleanliness and cleanliness, equipped with water and cleaning elements for the manipulator personnel.
The walls, floors and ceilings must be clean and in good condition.
The floors of the molding, packaging and packaging areas should be easy to clean and disinfect.
When the panelero sugar mill does not comply with the sanitary requirements related to infrastructure, equipment and utensils, indicated in Article 9 of Resolution 779 of 2006 or in the regulations that add it, modify or replace it, its operation shall be allowed, in which case , owners must submit a compliance plan approved by Invima and, as long as, the owner guarantees the quality of the product.