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Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018. 1:00 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff:  The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) held a sensitization workshop this morning for food industry stakeholders in celebration of World Accreditation Day.

BBS held the workshop, attended by organizations like Quality Poultry and Citrus Growers of Belize, at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza under the theme “Accreditation: Delivering a safer food”.

Rudolfo Gutierrez, consumer protection liaison with the BBS, explained that the international theme is actually “Accreditation: Delivering a safer world,” however, the bureau chose to focus on the food sector because the international theme had a wide range of applications.

“The most important thing is to let them understand quality infrastructure,” Gutierrez said. “A lot of them know about the topics being discussed but this is an opportunity to refresh their memory or teach them more stuff.”

Gutierrez emphasized that becoming accredited for quality standards or processes is a costly venture but one that ultimately benefits a company and its customers. He said implementing quality standards is a voluntary process, but one which can open opportunities for companies to expand their local customer base or even access the export market, having been certified by a recognized body that its goods and services are of an international standard.”

World Accreditation Day is a product of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), which jointly coined the initiative to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation.

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