About BAHFSA


Vision

Achieving Food Security for The Bahamas

Mission

Maximize food security through the elimination of all SPS trade barriers and biological threats.

Corporate Identity

The Bahamas Agricultural Health and Food Safety Authority logo comprises minimalistic plant, animal, and food symbols that are captured together within a shield. This design communicates the One Health Principle of harmonizing animal health, plant health, and food safety. The use of a shield represents the dedication to the defence of the agricultural health and food safety system against threats to animal health, plant health, and food safety.

Board and Management

Chairman

Honourable Mark Humes

Members

Mr. Christopher Worrell
Executive Director, BAHFSA (ex officio)

Dr. Patricia Johnson
Director of Food Safety and Quality, BAHFSA

Ms. Yasmin Johnson
Director of Plant Protection, BAHFSA

Ms. Charmaine Price
Acting Director, Department of Agriculture

Ms. Melony McKenzie
Director, Department of Environmental Health Services

Dr. Renae Bufford
Executive Director, Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality

Dr. Pearl McMillan
Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health

Ms. Donna Williams

Ms. Nicole Hutchinson

Mr. Kendal Culmer

Mr. Warren Wilson

Mr. Peter Outten

Senior Management Team

Mr. Christopher Worrell
Executive Director, BAHFSA

Dr. Patricia Johnson
Director of Food Safety and Quality, BAHFSA

Ms. Yasmin Johnson
Director of Plant Protection, BAHFSA

Technical Staff

Mr. Ezra Bartholomew
Senior Director, Food Supply Resilience Division
Senior Director (Covering), Food Infrastructure Development & Management

Dr. Hasani Stewart
Veterinary Officer (Surveillance Coordinator), BAHFSA

Administrative Staff

Ms. Renee Mayers
Board Secretary, BAHFSA

Mr. Renior Curry
Administrative Officer, BAHFSA

Organisation Structure

BAHFSA consists of a multidisciplinary network committed to promoting a One Health approach to Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures, so as to effectively defend against the threats to the agricultural health and food safety system in The Bahamas as well as facilitate agri-trade.

What We Do

The Bahamas Agricultural Health and Food Safety Authority (BAHFSA) serves as the regulatory body to providing for a more efficient, effective, transparent and coordinated administration of matters dealing with food safety, animal and plant health. It is responsible for providing a framework to ensure that there is harmonization among public sector agencies in order to attain the highest levels of food safety and protection of animal and plant health. The Authority takes the lead in coordinating and harmonizing:

  1. Food safety activities at all stages of the production
  2. Manufacture and distribution of food animal health
  3. Plant protection

The Authority is responsible for overseeing the administration and enforcement of the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2015, the Animal Health and Production Act, 2015; and the Plant Protection Act, 2015. It’s guiding principles in achieving this are the principles contained in the SPS Agreement, namely—

(a) necessity;

(b) harmonization with international standards;

(c) risk assessment and science-based actions;

(d) transparency;

(e) equivalence; and

(f) proportionality

The functions of the Authority include:

  1. Monitoring the performance of enforcement agencies in administering the legislation for which they are responsible;
  2. Formulating strategies and policies on food safety and quality, including procedures for emergency response, and to monitor their implementation;
  3. Protecting human or animal life or health from food-borne risks arising from additives, contaminants, toxins or disease-causing organisms in foods, beverages or feedstuffs;
  4. Protecting animal and plant life or health from the entry, establishment or spread of pests, disease-carrying or disease-causing organisms;
  5. Protecting human life and health from diseases carried by animals, plants or products thereof;
  6. Ensuring that there is wide consultation with all sectors of the food industry, animal health and plant health in carrying out its activities under The Bahamas Agricultural Health and Food Safety Authority Act;
  7. Providing advice, information or assistance to any relevant body in relation to food safety and quality and food trade;
  8. Obtaining, compiling, and keeping under review information concerning, food safety and other sanitary and phytosanitary matters;
  9. Coordinating training programs for food safety, animal health, and plant health; and
  10. Carrying out any other matters in connection with or reasonably incidental to the foregoing.

Contact Us

1-242-604-7000

[email protected]