Government of Jamaica

Food Safety


The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, 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 is 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 is also being undertaken.

Background

  • 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.Thus, countries like Jamaica are subject to increased frequency of inspections, expanded records access, mandatory recall and must be able to demonstrate that their food is safe, traceable and exporting facilities must be registered with the Food and Drug Administration.
  • Against this background, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MOAF), established in October 2011, a FSMA committee, to develop a three-year project aimed at improving the capacity of farmers and fresh produce exporters, in being compliant with the FSMA and to ensure continued access to Jamaica’s foods to the United States.
  • The project is funded by the Government of Jamaica, through the MOAF, the ACP and the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).

Major Deliverables

  • Strengthening Institutional Capacity within the MOAF
  • Public Awareness and Sensitization Programme and Public Education
  • Provision of Technical and Financial Assistance to Farmers and Fresh Produce Exporters to Meet FSMA RequirementsSensitization of and training of over 5,000 farmers in GAPs, safe and effective use of pesticides, food safety, and personal hygiene
  • Rehabilitation of the Agricultural Marketing Complex (AMC)

The Ministry

Welcome to the official website of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.

The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) has been charged with the responsibility of driving the integration of the production of primary agricultural produce along all the stages of the supply chain through to value added and facilitating full commercialization of outputs of the agriculture, manufacturing, and service sectors.

We have, therefore, placed much energy and enthusiasm into the development of this website to provide timely information on the Ministry, our agencies and programmes.

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Telephone: (876) 968-7116 
Fax: (876) 960-7422 

Hope Gardens, Kingston 6, Jamaica
Telephone: (876) 927-1731-50 / (876) 619-1731
Fax: 876-927-1904
Email: psecoffice@micaf.gov.jm