Jamaican firm to train Guyana’s food analysts

To avoid any mishaps in its export deals on processed food with the United States, the Guyanese government (Guyana Analysts — Food and Drug Department — GA-FDD) has contracted a Jamaican food technology firm to undertake and manage its training program in the preparation of its processed food for export.

Technological Solutions Ltd. (TSL), based in Jamaica will work with the Guyanese food analysts to help them meet the requirements of the United States Food Safety Modernization Act. The core responsibilities of Technological Solutions Ltd. will include training on food safety and certification systems, training for pubic health inspection and the guidance on how to attain the International Standard Organization, ISO 17025 accreditation for food and drug laboratories. The training will also include packaging and labeling of processed food.

In addition, these training programs will also be utilized by the Guyanese government to help formalize and manage its export processing system for its Canadian exports, the United Kingdom and other European countries.

The training will be conducted in Jamaica and already some of the Guyanese food analysts are in Jamaica for this training.

The United States Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 aims to ensure that the United States food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. Countries who fail to meet the requirements of the law will have their exports rejected.

The Jamaican company began operations in July 1996 and has since built an enviable reputation throughout the region for its work in preparing organizations and companies to deal with the practical realities of competing and exporting in the globalized business environment.

Dr. André Gordon, managing director and principal consultant has more than 25 years of experience in African Caribbean and Pacific countries conducting audits and implementing systems and training. TSL offers a comprehensive range of technical services to support the productive sector in Jamaica and the Caribbean. It does this by utilising the skills of highly competent staff to meet the needs of its customers.