The Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality (BBSQ) celebrates and recognizes 9th June 2020 World Accreditation Day (#WAD2020), under the theme “Improving Food Safety”. WAD, which takes place annually, is a global initiative that has become an important fixture established by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), to promote the value of accreditation, accredited conformity assessment and standards. It is celebrated in over 100 economies to promote and raise awareness of the value that accreditation delivers across different industries.
This year’s theme highlights the importance of access to safe and nutritious food, for consumers around the world. Within The Bahamas, the current COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the national need to focus on food security. As more Bahamians take up backyard farming, and large scale Bahamian farmers seek to increase agricultural production, BBSQ is positioned to actively facilitate accreditation. BBSQ is the National Focal Point for Accreditation in The Bahamas, progressively increasing the level of knowledge of accreditation, by promoting the requirements of accreditation and by being a national resource centre for accreditation information. BBSQ’s role would ultimately include certification services, the issuance of quality marks, and conducting relevant market surveillance in terms of voluntary and especially mandatory standards or other technical regulations.
From Cascarilla to Honey Bees, The Bahamian agricultural industry is diversifying and intensifying its product offering for both local consumption and export. BBSQ will assist with the growth in national productivity and in the exporting sector, reducing the over-reliance on imports of basic food and other products. Working in conjunction with BAHFSA food will not only be safe, but also it will be competitive in the international market due to their quality. Ultimately, these high-quality local products will replace these imports, thereby resulting in greater job creation and safer diets for The Bahamian population. This will ensure that goods and services produced or traded in The Bahamas, or exported from The Bahamas find ready acceptance in national, regional and international markets and that all Bahamian consumers are protected while improving food safety!
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