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Food Safety reform gathers momentum in the Private Sector

Greenidmarket | 2012-02-27 10:26:00

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), food safety is one of the most widespread health problems and is a major cause of reduced economic productivity. Being one of the largest food and agricultural companies in Jamaica, the CB Group faced the decision of how to standardize its food safety systems to equal that of any in the first world.In August 2010, the CB Group armed itself with a Quality Management team thatprepared seven of its operating facilities for certification in threeinternationallyrecognizedand acceptedfood safety standards –ISO 9001:2008, HACCP, and GMP.ByNovember 2011, all seven facilities werecertified in each of the three standards, totalingtwenty-one certifications.Becoming the region’s first and only food and agricultural organization to achieve this, the CB Group now leads the Safe Food movement in Jamaica’s Private Sector.

“Food safety worldwide is an increasingly important public health concern. Policy makers are intensifying their efforts to improve food safety in response to an increasing number of issues and rising consumer concerns. But providing safe food can be complex. Efforts must be applied at every step in the process from where foods are produced across the supply chain and straight through to where they are consumed. Achieving the ISO 9001:2008, HACCP, and GMP certifications at our Jamaican chicken, pork, and animal feed facilities is another example of how the CB Group proactively assesses the needs of our customers,” says Dr. Keith Amiel, Director of Corporate Affairs. “Continually evaluating these needs and taking the required action represents our commitment to providing Jamaica with safe food that meets international standards for the sustainable development of our country and the region.”

This achievement was a direct result of the entire organization working together to develop, implement and maintaintheir Quality Management System to receive Safe Food certification in all three standards:


  • ISO 9001:2008 – an internationally recognized quality management system standard developed by the   International Organization for Standardization .
  • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) – the globally accepted systematic preventative approach to food safety that addresses physical, chemical, and biological hazards as a means of prevention rather than finished product inspection
  • Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) – a system to ensure that products meet food safety, quality and legal requirements.

All seven of CB Group’s facilities were certified by SGS, the world’s leading auditing body headquartered in Switzerland with regional offices in North America covering the Caribbean.
About CB Group
For years Jamaicans have relied on Caribbean Broilers Group of Companies for premiumquality broiler chickens, pork, table eggs, animal feeds and agricultural solutions. Now called the CB Group, the organization is a leading regional supplier with multiple farms, processing plants, warehousing and sales locations throughout Jamaica. Headquartered in Kingston, the CB Group continues to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction. For more information, visit
About SGS
SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. They are recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 70,000 employees, they operate a network of more than 1,350 offices and laboratories around the world. Their core services include inspection, testing, certification, and verification. Constantly looking beyond customers’ and society’s expectations, they strive to deliver market leading services wherever they are needed to ensure corporate sustainability. Find out more about by visiting

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