Preventative control for human food training planned for stakeholders

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PRESS RELEASE: Dominica Export Import Agency (DEXIA)

ROSEAU, COMMONWEALTH OF DOMINICA: The Dominica Export Import Agency (DEXIA) in collaboration with the Canadian funded Promotion of Regional Opportunities through Enterprise and Linkages (PROPEL) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) will host a two (2) day training workshop on Preventive Control for Human Food for over thirty (30) public and private sector stakeholders involved in agriculture, agro-processing and exports to the United States (US) market.

The two day workshop will be held 17-18 July 2017 at the Dominica State College (DSC), followed by field visits to farms, agro processing facilities and packing houses, to take place 19 – 20 July 2017.

The workshop is being held in order to prepare stakeholders for the anticipated surge in exports, particularly of agricultural and agro-processed products to the US in the near future. With the expected surge both public and private sector stakeholders must be ready to comply with new stringent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations regarding food safety. These requirements which are outlined in the US FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2015, seek to help regulate imported food to both protect consumers in the US and abroad from food borne illness.

The facilitators for the training work shop will include representatives from the USDA who have a combined 42 years of experience in domestic plant quarantine inspections and regulations, as well as international experience in pre-clearance program in countries such as France, South Africa, Jamaica, Thailand and Vietnam.

Workshop participants, who successfully complete the workshop, will be awarded certificates by the USDA.