International Food Safety and Security Conference sets for September 24-25
Kingston, Jamaica, August, 2019:
International industry experts, scientists and food safety specialists will convene at the Knutsford Court Hotel, Knutsford Boulevard in Kingston from September 24-25 to update the nations of the Caribbean on food safety and security regulations; the relevance of food security to the Caribbean food supply; and the impact of harmonization on the importation and exporting of food. It is hosted by the Food Hygiene Bureau.
Under the theme, “Caribbean Preparedness… Regulatory Perspectives 2020 and Beyond,”the 8th International Food Safety and Security Conference will showcase speakers from Canada’s University of Guelph, and USA’s North Carolina University as well as speakers from India, United Kingdom, Trinidad and Jamaica.
Highly esteemed guests include keynote speakers, Shashi Bhushan Vemuri, PJTS Agricultural University, Dr. Lisa Indar, CARPHA, Angela Hills, ABTA UK, Dr. Brenda King, EESC, Brussels, Dr. Ben Chapman, Canada, Also scheduled to speak are officials from the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Agriculture and the Scientific Research Council. Other speakers are representatives from UWI Biotechnology Centre, Jamaica Agricultural Organics Movement, NSWMA, MICAF and more
Well-known and recognized food safety educator/trainer and conference organizer, Marva Hewitt, affirms that food exports and tourism are the backbones of the Jamaican economy. “These sectors cannot afford foods being rejected at international borders or foodborne illness, turning tourists away from coming to Jamaica. Those who export foods including farmers, producers, agri-processers and manufacturers must deal with the many global challenges of continually changing international regulations. “It is our Government’s responsibility to ensure consumer is protected through regulatory control for import and domestic food supply. So, Seed Security and Insecurity must be assured,”Hewitt explained.
The conference targets all sectors from the food industry; the general public, regulators, exporters, farmers, distributors and importers, food service and hospitality workers in hotels or resorts, restaurants, caterers and institutions such as schools, hospitals and retailers.. The Caribbean region is targeted for improved knowledge of recently revised international and border trade regulations. It is of utmost imperative that the harmonization of foods is not done at the expense of the nations’ healthy status in the Caribbean.
Positioned as a premier educational experience, get the latest information about Caribbean markets, regulatory control, Jamaica food security future foods, risks and benefits to consumer, regulatory aspects of food coming from afar or locally produced foods being consumed or sent to international markets. There are forward-thinking presentations in the line-up too.
Plan to join in on the plenary sessions for the latest information on food security and food safety, the workshops for how-to materials, and the reception for networking opportunities. “The Food Hygiene Bureau has once again engaged speakers who will address issues of concern regarding the farm-to-fork approach, future foods, seed security, food safety and Genetically Modified Foods and new future foods as we seek to improve food security 2020 and beyond….” Hewitt noted.
Certificates of Participation will be available for all delegates, and international recognized certificate (or recertification) are available to Food Managers for those who wish to sit the proctored exam. For face-to-face workshops in food risk assessments, food law labeling, food safety management systems for manufacturers, caterers and retailers, contact the Food Hygiene Bureau by calling 1(876) 665-3920/ 279-4265, or send a message to the conference secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.foodsafetyconferencejamaica.com