DR CARMEN BOOKER, assistant regional director of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Latin America office, will deliver the 'FDA's Food Safety and Modernization Act: What's New?' lecture during the 6th International Food Safety Conference of the Food Hygiene Bureau. The conference will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Rose Hall, Montego Bay, from October 18 to 19.
The Food Safety Modernization Act has been described as the "most sweeping reform" to US Food Safety laws in more than 70 years. The changes are aimed at ensuring the US takes a proactive approach to ensuring the safety of foods supplied in US markets, and could result in foods produced and supplied by local as well international entities being recalled or barred from entering the US market.
As part of the process, Jamaican and other Caribbean states are being audited by the FDA and entities that fail to meet the standards relating to:
The deadline for the implementation of the final phase of the act is scheduled for December 2012. The conference will provide the opportunity for Jamaican exporters to ask and have questions answered for ensuring their ability to maintain, if not exceed, food export earnings of approximately US$118 million (based on figures for 2010).