Belize citrus looking to rebound with accreditation

Belize’s Citrus Growers Association CEO Mr. Henry Anderson (second right) accepts the accreditation certificate from Chairman of JANAAC, Mr. Simon Roberts, while CROSQ’s Chairperson, Dr. Renae Ferguson-Bufford (left) and CDB’s Ms. Andrea Power look on proudly. (Photo via CROSQ)
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The CARICOM Region now has its first accredited citrus plant pathology laboratory, located in Belize.

The Belize Citrus Growers Association’s (CGA) was awarded the ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation certificate by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) at the 32nd Meeting of the Council of the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) held in Barbados recently.

The CGA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Henry Anderson noted that this accreditation was proof that the laboratory was competent to perform tests to the “General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories” ISO / IEC 17025 Standard.

Continuous analysis of the regional and global marketplace led us to the realization that we were competing not in a traditional citrus industry but in a juice industry. While we must redouble our efforts to expand our citrus production, we must do so while complementing our citrus production with the production of other fruit varieties and vegetables that can be processed to formulate the juice blends that are now being demanded by the regional and global marketplace,” he said.

[su_box title=”Caribbean Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ)” style=”soft” box_color=”#54c0f0″]Headquartered in Barbados, CROSQ – a Community organisation – is the regional centre for promoting efficiency and competitive production in goods and services, through the process of standardisation and the verification of quality. In this regard, CROSQ aims to support international competitiveness for the enhancement of social and economic development of the region.[/su_box]Read more at: Caribbean Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality

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