United Kingdom High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn has called for the speedy enactment of the food safety regulations even as the Bill gained the attention of a Parliamentary Select Committee. Quinn made these comments when he addressed the dinner and awards ceremony hosted by the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association Ltd over the weekend.One year has passed since the Food Safety Bill 2016 was first read in the National Assembly. It was after fierce debate on both sides of the House in February 2017, that the Bill was placed before a select committee. Ambassador Quinn, however, maintained that enactment of such legislation was key in protecting the health of citizens and to ensure that regulations were duly monitored.“There is a need to ensure proper food safety legislation is in place. This provides the necessary assurance that food will be produced, processed and stored in a way which protects the health of consumers. There is work afoot for a food safety bill, and I would encourage the conclusion of such legislation as soon as possible,” Quinn told the GMSA gathering last week.He added that his country’s advocacy for such legislation was to ensure that all of Guyana’s resources were for the benefit of all and to ensure that Government spent in a way that would benefit all citizens and to ensure proper regulatory oversight.When Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman addressed the Bill in February, he stated that it looked to prevent the spread of foodborne diseases through the control of the production, preparation, handling, storage and the transportation of food and provide for connected matters. Trotman added then that the Bill would consolidate the functions of agencies like the Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD).The Bill also speaks to: requirements for registration; licensing of food business; power to charge fees and suspend and revoke licence; return of licence; Permit to engage in street food vending: requirement for health certificate; application for permit; granting or refusing of permits; and cancellation of permits. Provisions for permits for food handlers and obligations of operators of food-handling establishments are also included in the Bill. The Bill addresses the liability of food inspectors, who will not be liable when acting in good faith, according to specific provisions.The establishment of a Food Safety Authority and other matters related to food safety are addressed in the Food Safety Bill 2016. The Authority will have the power to seize food and issue notification of unsafe food.Provision for a “general offence and penalty” is provided for in the Bill, which means that for any general offence, there will be a fine of $20,000 and imprisonment of six months. The political Opposition had called for the Bill to be sent to a Parliamentary Special Select Committee to which Agriculture Minister Noel Holder had agreed.
Free-scoring Arsenal replaced Chelsea as Premier League leaders as goals either side of half-time by Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil helped them recover from a slow start to beat Stoke City 3-1 on Saturday.A rash challenge by Granit Xhaka on Joe Allen gave Charlie Adam the chance to put Stoke ahead from the penalty spot after 29 minutes and the Scot dispatched his spot-kick with ease.Arsenal raised their game and equalised three minutes before the break when Walcott stabbed in Hector Bellerin’s low cross.Ozil’s looping header over stranded Stoke keeper Lee Grant put Arsenal ahead five minutes after the interval before substitute Alex Iwobi ran through to give Arsenal the two-goal victory they needed to top the table on goals scored.PALACE HOLD HULL IN THRILLERCrystal Palace played its part in another English Premier League thriller by scoring an 89th-minute equalizer to salvage a 3-3 draw at Hull on Saturday.Substitute Fraizer Campbell grabbed the last of five second-half goals at KCOM Stadium to rescue Palace, which lost 5-4 at Swansea two weeks ago in its previous away game.Hull, which climbed to third from bottom, went ahead through a 26th-minute penalty from Robert Snodgrass before Christian Benteke equalized in the 53rd, also from the spot.Wilfried Zaha scored from a long-range strike to put Palace 2-1 in front but Hull hit back with goals by Adama Diomande and Jake Livermore in the 72nd and 78th minutes, respectively.With both teams piling forward in an end-to-end match, Zaha sent in a cross and Campbell – a former Hull player – headed home.advertisementHull remained with just one win since August. Palace was three points clear of the relegation zone.SWANSEA HAMMER STRUGGLING SUNDERLANDUnder-fire manager Bob Bradley had his best day so far in the English Premier League as Swansea beat fellow struggler Sunderland 3-0 to move out of the relegation zone on Saturday.The American coach came into the home game with only one win in his seven matches in charge, and Swansea at the bottom of the league table.But the Swans surged to their biggest win of the season with three goals after the interval – a second-half penalty from Gylfi Sigurdsson and a Fernando Llorente double.The win moves Swansea up three places to 17th with 12 points from 15 games. It will drop back into danger if West Ham gets a point or more at Liverpool on Sunday.BURNLEY OUTCLASS BOURNEMOUTH IN FIRST EPL MEETINGJeff Hendrick’s dipping volley helped Burnley to a 3-2 victory over Bournemouth in the first-ever top-flight encounter between the English Premier League sides on Saturday.It was an unhappy return for Eddie Howe, who left Bournemouth to manage Burnley in 2011 and 2012 before returning to the south-coast club.Burnley has relied on its home form to stay out of the relegation zone, collecting 16 of its 17 points in the first 15 games at Turf Moor.Hendrick’s stunning opener and Stephen Ward’s sliding shot sent Burnley into a 2-0 lead by the 16th minute. Benik Afobe pulled one back in first-half stoppage time and it took George Boyd until the 75th to restore Burnley’s two-goal cushion.Bournemouth briefly threatened to emulate its late comeback victory over Liverpool last weekend when Charlie Daniels netted in the 90th. This time, though, not even a point could be salvaged.Bournemouth is a point ahead of Burnley in 11th place.(With inputs from AP)