Take measures to protect your population – CAHFSA urges in wake of meat safety concerns

 

STATEMENT ON CONCERNS RELATING TO UNWHOLESOMENESS OF PROCESSED MEAT & MEAT PRODUCTS ORIGINATING FROM BRAZIL

logo_CAHFSAThe Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) has been monitoring the issue relating to the sale of unwholesome meat and meat products originating from Brazil. Several Member States have already instituted measures to restrict the importation of some or all meat products from Brazil.

It is noted that China, the European Union, and Chile have also instituted restrictive measures. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has redoubled its food inspection efforts on beef products from Brazil although none of the slaughtering or processing facilities implicated in the Brazilian scandal shipped meat products to the U.S. The Department said it is still conducting “additional pathogen testing” of all shipments of raw beef and ready-to-eat products from Brazil.

 

CAHFSA
CAHFSA, which is based in Suriname and has been operational since 2014, performs a coordinating and organizing role for the establishment of an effective and efficient regional sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) regime, and executes on behalf of Member States such SPS actions and activities that can be more effectively and efficiently executed through a regional mechanism.

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CDB announces US$40M in funding for poverty reduction in eight countries

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados –  The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced US$40M in funding for poverty reduction in eight countries in the Caribbean Region, through the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF). 

The resources will support improved access to quality education; water and sanitation; basic community access and drainage; livelihoods enhancement and human resource development services in low-income and vulnerable communities under the ninth phase of BNTF (BNTF 9). Countries that will benefit are: Belize; the Commonwealth of Dominica; Grenada; the Cooperative Republic of Guyana; Jamaica; Saint Lucia; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; and Suriname.  

“The participating countries share many common characteristics and face a number of challenges inherent to small, open economies. BNTF 9 will respond to the development needs of these countries, which face challenges associated with limited diversity in production and extreme vulnerability to natural hazards, which is  now exacerbated by climate change and other external shocks,” said Daniel Best, Director of Projects, CDB.

Caribbean Development Bank
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is a regional financial institution which was established by an Agreement signed on October 18, 1969, in Kingston, Jamaica, and entered into force on January 26, 1970. The Bank came into existence for the purpose of contributing to the harmonious economic growth and development of the member countries in the Caribbean and promoting economic cooperation and integration among them, having special and urgent regard to the needs of the less developed members of the region (Article 1 of the Agreement establishing CDB). In the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, the CDB is recognised as and Associate Institution of CARICOM

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