US ban on fish imports…decision a “big blow” to local industry – Public Health DirectorA recent ban imposed on the export of all Siluriformes fish and fish products (catfish species) from Guyana could have a significant impact on local fishers, but the Private Sector Commission (PSC) believes this matter could be addressed if companies work along with Government to ensure that the ban is lifted.PSC President Eddie Boyer claimed that there was some discussion on the issue when it was brought to his attention that some containers of fish were rejected by the United States authority. He said the failure of these exporters to meet the requirements may have triggered the imposition of this ban. “I would imagine that the exporters would try to resolve this as early as possible, bearing the fact thatPSC Chairman Eddie Boyerthese bans happen from time to time. And we have to work quickly to resolve it – Government, private companies that are exporting because it is not something that has not happened before,” he stated. However, a private fishing company owner told Guyana Times that the issue that must be looked into was what caused the ban to be imposed. According to the businessperson who asked not to be named, the Agriculture Ministry, which has responsibility for the fisheries sector, should have ensured quality assurance. Chief Fisheries Officer Denzil Roberts told sections of the media that the ban was imposed after it was found that the local Siluriformes fish and fish products’ inspection system was not equivalent to the US inspection system. Roberts was also able to confirm that the Veterinary Public Health Unit of the Public Health Ministry was not able to satisfy the requirements demanded by the US.Guyana was unable to comply with several US conditions mainly due to factors such as modification of inspection procedures and outdated regulations, including those governing fisheries products, which Guyana is in the process of revising. The Health and Agriculture Ministries have general oversight and responsibility forVeterinary Public Health Unit Director, Dr Ozaye Dodsonthe sector and monitor and verify the quality of products.The businessman contended that the Government should have known long before that these systems needed to be updated and improved, because compliance was a major issue when it came to exports to the US. He maintained that the Government erred in a major way by not preparing these companies to comply with the standards set out by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).Roberts told the media that the Ministry was now working on “trying to fix these deficiencies”, by modifying the Inspection Procedures manual and the regulations among other things. The Fisheries Department and the Veterinary Public Health Unit are working together on this.Although describing the ban as a “big blow,” Veterinary Public Health Unit Director, Dr Ozaye Dodson has said that the imposition from the US export market was just a temporary technical barrier to trade. Dr Dodson said the move by the USDA was a “protectionist measure” by that country’s public health system lobbied for by theChief Fisheries Officer Denzil Robertscatfish farmers who have invested heavily to develop the industry there.Guyana’s Veterinary Public Health Unit has been mandated under the 2002 Fisheries Act and the Fish and Fishery Product Regulations of 2003 with guidance of the inspections manual to monitor, inspect and certify vessels, landing sites, fish processing establishments and fishery products for the local and export markets.Dr Dodson said there were daily inspections and certification of the catfish products to guarantee their “wholesomeness for human consumption”.The US Food Safety Inspection Services (FSIS) asked Guyana to provide the relevant documentation to verify this country’s inspection system equivalence to the US standards or its equivalent public health system. Dr Dodson claimed that Guyana complied with the request.However, the country fell short of the US standards in three areas: firstly, on the issue of the presence of inspectors; secondly, there was insufficient documentation detailing verification of each step in the sanitation and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) process and thirdly, there was insufficient documentation specifying how the industry manages adulterated catfish products.New US standards for import of catfish species demand the presence of inspectors at plants for one hour during an eight-hour shift. Dr Dodson explained that Guyana’s inspection system utilised a “risk-based approach”, which is a European Union (EU) standard.Guyana was among several countries banned recently from the US catfish export sector. The other countries were Bangladesh, Canada, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
The battles north and south of Baghdad came as the military seeks to take advantage of the improving security situation in Iraq to carry out targeted operations against extremist groups and the foreign-led al-Qaida in Iraq. Daily Breeze staff writer Shelly Leachman contributed to this article. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonSpc. Alex R. Jimenez and Pvt. Byron W. Fouty were seized May 12 when insurgents attacked and overran a checkpoint near Youssifiyah in a volatile area known as the “triangle of death.” Jimenez and Fouty are still missing. Anzack, a 2005 South High graduate, was also captured during the raid, but his body was found May 23 floating in the Euphrates River. Four U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi soldier were killed during the ambush. The Islamic State of Iraq, a front group for al-Qaida, claimed in an Internet video earlier this year that the missing soldiers were killed and buried. The militants showed images of the military IDs of Jimenez and Fouty but offered no proof that they were dead. “I really hope this leads to information to find our missing boys,” Anzack Sr. added of Jimenez and Fouty. “I would like to be hopeful and for their families to know I’m supporting them and hoping along with them.” U.S. forces also said Thursday that they waged successful battles against both Sunni and Shiite extremists. BAGHDAD – U.S. military forces have seized two suspects linked to the kidnapping of three American soldiers – including Cpl. Joseph Anzack Jr. of Torrance – during a May ambush south of Baghdad. The suspects were captured Monday and Tuesday in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, the military announced Thursday. One of the suspects was thought to have “facilitated” the kidnapping and used his house to hide the soldiers, the military said. A weapon belonging to one of the U.S. soldiers was found at the residence of the other suspect. “All I can say is – good,” Anzack’s father, Joseph Anzack Sr., said Thursday on hearing of the arrests. “I’m glad that they got them. I’m still sad my son is gone.”
England manager Gareth Southgate will be looking to win back some fans on Friday night as they take on Croatia in the UEFA Nations League – live on talkSPORT from 7:45pm.Southgate was widely praised during World Cup 2018 as the Three Lions made it to the semi-finals, only to lose to tonight’s opposition. England manager Gareth Southgate. REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ During the tournament in Russia it appeared almost everyone loved the ex-Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender, who dazzled in his waistcoat.And it bore out in statistics with data analysts at BetVictor registering Southgate as having the most positive fan sentiment (33 per cent) across Facebook and Twitter out of all the coaches at the competition.But during the last international break, with a tough fixture against Spain and a struggle against Switzerland, supporters turned against Southgate.Analysts saw positive fan sentiment drop down to 13 per cent with negative sentiment registering at 31 per cent. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won ADVICE REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions silverware huge blow no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 1 Latest Football News Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won It is, perhaps, not unexpected given many fans were disappointed when Southgate chose to start the likes of Danny Welbeck, instead of placing his faith in younger players.And it appears he’s now taken heed by handing first call-ups to Jadon Sancho, James Maddison, and Mason Mount.Here’s to hoping Southgate can win back the fans, especially with Spain up next on Monday.