In this, the 53rd year of the FSPID’s existence, our drive to ensure safety and wholesome is ever increasing. In fact, with the establishment of awestern office in 2007 and the launch of ourNational Food Safety Compliance Programme in 2008, we have doubled our efforts in conducting island wide inspections and maintaining compliance with the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Act andRegulations. Not to be left out, all of the FSPID’s five laboratories are now undergoing the ISO 17025 accreditation process.
In addition to this, the Government opened the Jamaican Import/Export Inspection Centre (“One Stop Shop”) at ports of entry in Kingston in 2009. This One Stop Shop – in which the FSPID has an integral role - will reduce the bureaucratic red tape for importers and allow for greater collaboration among Government entities when conducting inspections.
At this time when our island and the world at large are facing severe challenges, I hereby assure you that the FSPID will assiduously continue to play its part in ensuring a better life for all Jamaicans. Reflecting on the achievements of the FSPID since our genesis in 1958, I have no doubt that our team of well-qualified professionals will meet future challenges with innovation, determination and passion and ensure that Jamaica reaches greater heights.
God bless you all.