Minister of Agriculture, Sen. Haynesley Benn??(FP)
Ocean Fisheries Limited has come in for high praise for attaining the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) certification.
The kudos came from Minister of Agriculture, Senator Haynesley Benn, following a tour of the Warrens facility.
Mr. Benn remarked that he was extremely pleased that the fish processing plant had achieved such a remarkable feat and expressed the hope that local market facilities would follow similar procedures "by being properly sanitised".
Senator Benn also called on fish processors to upgrade their product by collaborating with the Ministries of Education, Tourism and Agriculture, in terms of getting a programme implemented in schools that would teach children non-traditional ways of preparing fish.
He stated that he was cognisant of the role that fisheries played in the dietary habits of Barbadians and encouraged boat owners to put the proper measures in place by making sure their boats were well equipped during this hurricane season.
Group Financial Director of Ocean Fisheries, Frank Jordan, said the process, which took three years to complete at a cost of $2 million, gave the company the honour of being the first in the Eastern Caribbean to receive this certification.
"During its fifth year, this organisation made a conscious decision to become HACCP certified.?? Right now, all our fish are locally purchased, and eventually we would like to look beyond these shores in terms of getting our product out," he said.