GMA & TSL to Deliver Food Safety Training to Caribbean
A memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the Grocery Manufacturers Association Science and Education Foundation of the USA (GMA-SEF) and Jamaican food technology company Technological Solutions Limited (TSL) for the joint marketing and execution of Food Safety Training programmes (FST) to be delivered in the Caribbean. The MOU was signed on Monday May 1 at TSL’s Red Hills Road offices by Dr. Andre′ Gordon, TSL’s Managing Director and Dr. Akhila Vasan, GMA-SEF’s Scientific Programme Manager at GMA Science and Education Foundation.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is the trade organization representing the world’s leading food, beverage and consumer products companies and associated partners. The U.S. food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry plays a unique role as the single largest U.S. manufacturing employment sector, with 2.1 million jobs in 30,000 communities across the country that deliver products vital to the wellbeing of people around world. GMA has a primary focus on product safety, science-based public policies and industry initiatives that seek to empower people with the tools and information they need to make informed choices and lead healthier lives.
The GMA Science and Education Foundation (SEF) is a non-profit foundation that provides scientific and educational contributions to the food and consumer products industry. Through the foundation, the global food industry can leverage state-of-the-art technologies and processes with the technical expertise provided by GMA’s scientific staff to achieve timely results and solutions.
“The vision of the GMA Science and Education Foundation is to catalyze the improvement of global food safety inspiring the trust of the world’s consumers,” Dr Vasan said.” Our mission is to deliver innovative research, state-of-the art training and best-in-class education programmes to the food industry and consumers and, thereby, contribute to the delivery of high quality, safe food and consumer products.”
Technological Solutions Limited (TSL) offers a comprehensive range of technical services to support the productive sector in Jamaica and the Caribbean. The company provides guidance in trade-related technical requirements, and specializes in food safety, quality assurance, auditing, production systems design and implementation, and an extensive range of analytical services, including shelf life analysis and consumer/product complaint evaluation.
TSL also provides plant and facility layout and design, new product development, profit improvement, trouble-shooting and consulting services. Together with its expertise in the area of standards and standardization, these services enable Caribbean companies in the business of agriculture, agro-processing, food service, hospitality, exporting, manufacturing and distribution to access world-class technical services that are focused on their specific needs and circumstances.