((CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) As the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continues to move steadily towards increasing intra-regional and food security, nine poultry processing plants in the Region have been approved to trade among Member States.

The approval came on Friday, 6 October, at the 71st Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Agriculture at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana.

The poultry plants from six CARICOM Member States – Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago – were cleared to sell poultry products intra-regionally after they were assessed by Regional Risk Assessments Teams and met the sanitary requirements to enter the CARICOM Market. Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) coordinated the assessments and the process of review and finalisation by the CARICOM Committee of Chief Veterinary Officers.