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Three pesticides approved for post-harvest of yam in Jamaica
Jamaica has been given approval for the use of three pesticides in the post-harvest treatment of root tubers ...MoAF News
5,000 to be trained to meet new US food law
Over 5,000 persons will be trained in good agricultural practices (GAP) for exporting...JIS News
Farmers and Exporters Receive Food Safety Training
Some 50 key stakeholders within the agricultural sector are benefitting from a training initiative...JIS News
Rush On To Meet New US Food Standards
The Agriculture Ministry is fast-tracking efforts to get exporters and farmers...Jamaica Gleaner
Food Safety Compliance Project for Export Sector
The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries will embark on a National Food Safety Compliance pilot project for the export market ...JIS News
Agriculture Minister Praises Work of Food Safety Committee
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, has lauded the work of the Food Safety Modernization Act Committee ...JIS News
Govt Embarks On 3-Year Food Modernisation Project
The Government of Jamaica has embarked on a three-year Food Safety Modernisation (FSM) project to ensure that countryís food safety standards...JIS News
Any Food Coming Into The Country Must Be Safe - Clarke
Jamaica will respond to the United States' Food Safety Modernization Act with reciprocal stringent measures for fresh produce...Jamaica Gleaner
Approx $50m to train farmers to meet FDA FSMA requirements
The Government of Jamaica, through the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has approved the spending of J$48,968,000 ...RJR News
Efforts to Ensure Compliance with US Food Safety Act Boosted
Jamaicaís efforts to become compliant with the United States Food and Drug Administrationís ...JIS News

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Food Safety Modernization Act

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in collaboration with other local stakeholders in Jamaica has embarked on efforts to ensure that the country's food safety standards are compliant with those stipulated under the revised United States Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Critical to these efforts are the strengthening of institutional capacity within the Ministry, with the training of technical officers, including Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) staff, in good agricultural and manufacturing practices (GAPs and GMPs), and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP).

The provision of technical and financial assistance to farmers and fresh produce exporters to meet FSMA requirements are also being undertaken.

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of the United State's food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.




US Food and Drug Administration


Bureau of Standards Jamaica

EXIM Bank Jamaica


Ministry of Health







Food Safety Modernization project

FSMA Committee progress to date






A Guide to Good Agricultural Practices (Crop Production)

A Guide to Good Agricultural Practices (Apiculture)

FSMA Billboards

Minister's Speech - Monday, February 18, 2013

Minister's Speech - Tuesday, July 30, 2013