Brazil bans sale of Cuban cigars Cohiba
The official justification comes from the National Sanitary Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), which would have detected an "excess of sorbic acid" (a natural organic compound used as a food preservative in the form of mineral salts), according to the local media O Globo.
The importer Emporium, which has been working for 20 years with Cohiba, declared that there is no inclusion of any additive because it is a 100 percent natural product, the tobacco leaf.
By order of Anvisa, last May 23 was rejected the application for renewal of registration of the trademark Cohiba and were given 30 days to compile the entire product.
Thus, Cuban cigars became banned in Brazil, although by virtue of an administrative appeal filed, the Cohibas are still on sale, at least for the time being.
Cuban Vice Chancellor Rogelio Sierra criticized the Brazilian government's decision.
"To look good with the northern master (USA), in Brazil they prohibit the sale of the best tobacco in the world, of the Cuban brand Cohiba, and they invent crude lies to discredit it. The high degree of servility and perversity of the Latin American right is outrageous," the Cuban deputy foreign minister wrote in his Twitter account.
The Cuban tobacco brand Cohíba is the most prestigious in the world, created in 1966 and for many years was destined only for gifts to government personalities, national and foreign, and for former President Fidel Castro (1926-2016).
According to the website Habanos.com, the sheets used in the elaboration of Cohiba are the selection of the five best of the tobacco districts of San Juan y Martínez and San Luis, in the area of Vuelta Abajo, in the western province of Pinar del Río.
Cohiba is the only Habanos brand in which three of the four types of leaves used in its production, dry, light and half time, undergo an additional fermentation in barrels, a special process that translates into an aroma and flavor that can only be found in this brand.
Source: O Globo