PRESS RELEASE Tuesday 12th April.
Good animal and veterinary public health, the key to a safe and prosperous region

(St. George’s, Grenada) 12 April, 2016 - “The Caribbean Animal Health Network, CaribVET, continues to work in earnest with its partners to safeguard the animal and veterinary public health of the Caribbean region”, affirmed Dr Kathian Hackshaw, Chair of the Steering Committee of CaribVET, at the network’s annual Meeting held in Grenada, 4-6 April 2016. In her opening remarks, she highlighted the strong link between animal health and international trade, saying that CaribVET is highly committed to contributing to the development of a safe, prosperous and healthy region.

Recently CaribVET has experienced a marked increase in the demand for its services and the provision of technical assistance due to the threat of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza to the regional poultry producers and the stability of the poultry industry. The topics discussed during the Meeting included the finalization of prevention and control management strategies for Avian Influenza. CaribVET’s preparedness strategy was evaluated during the Meeting by USDA experts who offered advice on how it could be further strengthened prior to application by the veterinary services, Ministries of Agriculture, the private sector and other stakeholders throughout the Caribbean region.

Additionally, plans to strengthen the human resources and coordination capacity of the Secretariat in the CIRAD Office in Guadeloupe, so that it is able to more effectively fulfill the mandate of CaribVET throughout the region were discussed at the meeting. According to Dr. Jennifer Pradel CaribVET’s Coordinator, “CaribVET funding partners successfully coordinated their resources from several flagship European projects implemented in the Caribbean to meet the demand for its services: FP7/Epigenesis project coordinated by CIRAD; 10th EDF Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) Program coordinated by IICA and the ACP “One Health, One Caribbean, One Love” Project coordinated by UWI”.

During the Meeting, the collaboration between the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) and CaribVET was discussed. “We are expected to work closely on a number of areas, such as the development of databases and disease emergency preparedness plans” indicated Dr. Gavin Peters, animal health officer at CAHFSA. “These collaborative efforts are intended to make better and efficient use of the resources available in the region for those developments of our Animal Health systems” he added.

Dr. Bowen Louison, Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) of Grenada and chairman of the CARICOM CVOs reiterated that “all recommendations coming from the deliberations of CaribVET Steering Committee are forwarded to the CARICOM Chief Veterinary Officers meeting. It is through that body that all issues related to the work and relevance of CaribVET is presented to the COTED (Council for Trade and Economic Development) one of the highest decision making bodies of CARICOM. We will continue to fully support the work of CaribVET”.

“CaribVET will also continue to work diligently to improve communication with several of its key target audiences – veterinarians, Ministries of Agriculture, stakeholders and the public - so as to achieve a greater awareness and visibility of its work throughout the region”, emphasized Dr. Hackshaw.

CaribVET is a collaborative network involving veterinary services in 33 Caribbean countries and territories as well as veterinary services laboratories, research institutes (CIRAD, CENSA), veterinary faculties (UWI-SVM; University of Guyana), CARICOM Secretariat and regional (CAHFSA, IICA, USDA) and international organizations (OIE, FAO, PAHO/WHO). CaribVET met with its chief veterinary officers, partners and regional stakeholders during two intensive days to review the activities and results of the network and develop recommendations and a work plan for the upcoming year.

For additional information, please contact the CaribVET Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit the www.caribvet.net website.

 

                                              

 JOINT STATEMENT BY THE CARICOM COMPETITION COMMISSION AND THE CARIBBEAN AGRICULTURAL HEALTH AND FOODSAFETY AGENCY FOR WORLD CONSUMER RIGHTS DAY 2016:ANTIBIOTICS RESISTANCE!                 

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10th EDF Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) Project

Support to the Caribbean forum of ACP States in the Implementation of Commitments

Undertaken Under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA):

Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

Title of the EOI:

Strenghtening Food Safety Management Systems of Rum Producers in the CARIFORUM Region

 

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10TH EDF SPS Project

Support to the Caribbean Forum of ACP States in the Implementation of Commitments Undertaken Under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA):
Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) 

Dear Sir/Madam

PROCUREMENT OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICES TO EVALUATE THE QUALITY OF HONEY
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The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), an international institution with the responsibility of executing the 10th EDF SPS Project is collaborating with the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) to identify a suitable consultant to determine the quality of the honey traded in the region as well as its compliance with acceptable international standards.
The objective of this consultancy is to profile honey from three (3) of the major honey producing countries in the region in order to determine the quality of the honey and its compliance with acceptable international standards.

The contracted laboratory will be required to:

1. Review relevant international standards for honey and determine theirapplicability to the region.
2. Review existing methods and standards for honey produced and sold in the region and identify key parameters to be used in profiling honey.
3. Arrange for collection of samplesofhoney from the following three (3) honey producing countries in the region: Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana and Grenada.
4. Evaluate the samples of honey in an accredited laboratory based on theparameters identified in (2) above.
5. Prepare profiles of the samples, indicating where samples do not meet relevant international standards.

A final report is to be submitted within six (6) months of commencement of the project

Interested parties are kindly requested to submit a written proposal together with the cost for conducting the assignment, CVs of staff to be utilized to:

Chief Executive Officer
Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency
Letitia Vreisdelaan #10
Paramaribo, Suriname
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Phone: 597-714-2085

Submission should be made by Thursday March 10, 2016