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Local food and beverage
manufacturers have to raise
their safety standards or face
their exports being blocked
from entering United States
This is because of the Food
and Drug Administration (FDA)
Food Safety Modernisation Act,
which became law on January
4, 2011, replacing regulations
that were over 70 years old.
The new laws focus on pre-
venting contamination and puts
the onus on exporters to meet
specific standards before prod-
ucts are allowed to be distributed
in US markets.
It gives importing countries
the responsibility for ensuring
foreign suppliers comply with
food and safety standards before
a shipment is authorised.
The law does not only apply
to local and Caribbean exporters
but to any country which
exports to the US.
A total of 44 per cent of T&T
exports are to the US.
During a stakeholder consul-
tation on the Food Safety Mod-
ernisation Act at the Hilton
Trinidad and Conference Cen-
tre, St Ann s, on Tuesday Trade
and Industry Minister Vasant
Bharath said knowledge of US
FDA regulations was imperative
for local manufacturers if they
were to increase or maintain
exports to that country.
"The global food and bever-
age industry is one of the major
contributors to growth in most
economies. In T&T, the food
and beverage industry repre-
sents the largest non-energy
manufacturing sector and
remains an integral part of Gov-
ernments diversification thrust,"
He said there were more than
430 firms, employing over
11,000 people in the food and
He noted the act was
designed to strengthen food
safety protections and called it
a "proactive approach to dealing
with food-borne illnesses on
the citizens of the United
Yesterday s consultation
included a discussion with assis-
tant regional director of the US
FDA Latin American Office,
Booker will be inspecting sev-
eral companies in T&T this
week, including Carib Brewery,
Chief Brand Products, Angostura
Ltd and Associated Brands
President of the T&T manu-
facturers Association (TTMA),
Nicholas Lok Jack, said meeting
the various requirements of dif-
ferent governments had been
costly for food manufacturers.
"We believe, in the manufac-
turers association, in the longer
term it makes us more compet-
itive," Lok Jack said.
He called on the Government
to collaborate with manufactur-
ers so that they could meet the
US raises standards
for T&T exporters
The annual three-day
national convention of
Jehovah s Witnesses
takes place at the
Queen s Park Oval from
July 28, a statement said
yesterday. Its theme is
God s Word Is Truth.
An official said the
theme was especially sig-
nificant because "it
underscores a core family
Police raided two car theft operations in Mt D Or
and Maracas/St Joseph on Monday evening, arrest-
ing five men and recovering eight stolen vehicles.
The exercise, conducted by detectives of the St
Joseph CID led by ASP Hosein, began at 5 pm and
ended almost five hours later.
During the exercise, they searched an auto body
shop in Mt D Or and found three men scrapping four
vehicles. The officers interrogated the suspects and
inspected the vehicles, which they discovered were
Detectives arrested the three suspects and impound-
ed the stolen vehicles.
Police believe the trio had been scrapping the vehi-
cles and selling the parts to unscrupulous car part
An hour later the same group of officers went to
Acono Road, Maracas/St Joseph, and recovered four
more stolen vehicles.
Two men, who reside at the property where the
vehicles were recovered, were arrested.
All five suspected car thieves remained detained
at the St Joseph Police Station up to late yesterday.
Police said both locations had been under surveil-
lance for some time.
Investigators said the stolen vehicles were four
Nissan B15s, three Nissan B13s and a Mazda 6.
The vehicles were recently stolen from Gulf City
Mall car park in La Romaine, the car park at the Eric
Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, and
from Maracas Bay.
The five suspects are expected to be placed on
identification parades this weekend after which they
would be charged, police said.
Investigators said some of the suspects have pre-
vious convictions for motor car theft and for receiving
stolen vehicles and parts.
Insp Mark Maharaj, Sgt Katwaroo and officers of
the Stolen Vehicles Squad were also involved in the
convention July 28
value for the Jehovah s
Witnesses whose families
embrace the Bible as the
most trustworthy guide
and source of advice in
these troubled times."
The statement said on
the morning of July 28,
the public address, titled
What Is Truth? would
examine why the Bible
could be trusted as the
unfailing word of God.
Also included in the pro-
gramme are two dramatic
plays which would bring
ancient Bible events to
life in today s modern
The convention is open
to the public who for the
past two weeks have been
receiving a special invi-
tation at their homes. The
programme begins at
9.30 am each day.
Trade Minister Vasant Bharath, third from left, chats with assistant regional director of the US Food and Drug Administration's Latin
American Office Carmen Booker, fourth from left, and T&T Manufacturers' Association president Nicholas Lok Jack, second from right,
during the Food Safety Modernisation Stakeholders' Consultation at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre, St Ann's, on Tuesday.
With them, from left, are chief executive officer ExporTT Christopher Lewis, acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy Keith
Gilkes and AmCham T&T director Lara Quentral-Thomas. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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