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.
•A Guide to Good Agricultural Practices (Crop Production)
•A Guide to Good Agricultural Practices (Apiculture)