Hylton stresses the importance of food safety standards

Thursday, March 08, 2012

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce Anthony Hylton has stressed the importance of food safety and storage, arguing that in today's global environment food products -whether locally produced or imported- must meet rigorous food safety standards.


"We must all work together in a sustained effort for the protection of all consumers and the opening of the western office of the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division (FSPID) is a major step towards meeting these objectives," he said.


Hylton was addressing a ceremony held at the Wexford Hotel in Montego Bay last week Wednesday to mark the official opening of the Western Regional Office of FSIP, which is located in the resort city.


He said the work of the FSDIP is critical in ensuring the safety of wholesomeness of food consumed by locals, as well as visitors to the island.


The agency, he said, also assists local producers, who are seeking to do business internationally, by facilitating their readiness to meet the entry requirements for specific countries.


Minister Hylton said the Western Office will help to ensure that there is improved access to the relevant Government and support framework in effectively meeting business targets.


"In order for Jamaica to expand and maintain its international markets it is important that the necessary regulatory environment is in place. By doing this we ensure acceptable standards of consumption in our local markets and in the countries to which we export," he explained.


— Karla Josephs


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