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I submitted my samples last week for the sanitary registry. The deeper in I get into all this, the more of a farce it seems. My samples will go to a lab, where I suppose they will do some kind of chemical analysis, as well as the nutritional analysis, and testing for shelf life.

The sanitary registry seems to be just another hoop to jump through, another way to keep people employed, another device by which the government can gather some revenue, and a bunch of people in cahoots with the system can gather a whole lot more revenue.

One person we are working with, who works for a ministry I won’t name, runs his own business on the side. Basically, that business is to help you get the paperwork done, for a fee, to get you the necessary permits the ministry he works for is supposed to grant you for next to nothing. If you go through official channels, of course, his job is to provide so many obstacles and delays that eventually, you will turn to him or one of his colleagues and their “business” to help you get that paperwork done more efficiently-for a fee of course.

The firm that is helping me get the RS, which is really just an expediting firm who does all the due diligence for you, recommended that I use the person mentioned above for one of the permits I need. You scratch my back, I scratch yours. Corruption up close is really interesting.

No one will probably ever check the RS to see if what I am selling is what I have declared it is, to see if the number I am using is the actual number I was issued, or to be sure the shelf life is as long as I say it is. But to be legitimate in the eyes of big business, companies I might sell to, or other third parties, I need the RS. Let’s just call this a barrier to entry in the market. Fortunately, I have had good help in busting it down.

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