Dominican manufacturers and agro-processors receive training in labelling standards for Dominica

The Inspection Unit of the Dominica Bureau of Standards (the Bureau) on June 15th and 22nd, 2021 conducted trainings for Local Manufacturers and Agro-Processors at the Goodwill Parish Hall and Portsmouth Co-operative Credit Union respectively. This forms part of its awareness and sensitization program aimed at increasing conformance to the requirements of the eight (8) Compulsory Dominica National Standards – Specifications for Labelling. A total of sixty-three (63) manufacturers/agro-processors involved in the production of oils, punches, and confectionaries, to name a few, were in attendance.

The main objective of this training was to encourage adherence to the Compulsory Dominica National Standards – Specifications for Labelling and to promote the services offered by the Bureau. The importance of the Labelling Standards was emphasised, and their requirements were thoroughly explained and illustrated by members of the Inspection Unit.

In addition, the services and activities of the other Units of the Bureau were highlighted. Staff of Standards Development, Certification, Metrology, and the National Centre of Testing Excellence (Chemistry and Microbiology Laboratories) delivered brief remarks on the services relevant to manufacturers and agro-processors in the development of quality products. Information on Laboratory services such as Shelf Life, Nutritional Facts, Alcohol Content, Contaminants and Packaging testing was provided. Other services such as verification of measuring devices, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Certification and Certificate of Free Sale for export were also discussed.

It is the expectation of the Bureau that because of this training, Local Manufacturers and Agro-Processors will have a better understanding and appreciation for the Requirements of the Compulsory Dominica National Standards – Specification for Labelling and there will be an improvement in the quality of our local products.

Participant Jillian LaRocque stated, “The Dominica Bureau of Standards is an ally. We came to this conclusion when we attended one of a series of informational outreaches of the Bureau earlier this week. The information was well presented, and the services and support being provided to business owners involved in manufacturing/processing is commendable.”

The Bureau recognises the important contribution of Local Manufacturers and Agro-Processors to the development of the economy and will continue to provide relevant assistance to improve the quality and safety of their products.

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