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Pesticides, Pathogens and Preservatives in Food – Beyond What The Eye Can See (A Panel Discussion)

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The Cropper Foundation and partners will be hosting a webinar at 2 pm, Tuesday, July 6, 2021, to offer consumers advice on avoiding invisible threats that can present in food products available at the market or the grocery store.

The webinar titled “Pesticides, Pathogens and Preservatives in Food – Beyond What The Eye Can See” will feature an interactive panel discussion that brings together a diverse group of technical experts in food safety to answer questions from the general public.

The panel discussion will also feature a conversation about existing regulations on pesticides, pathogens and preservatives in food, as well as policies that are being pursued or that should be considered in the future.



Gaius Eudoxie, Deputy Dean Outreach at Faculty of Food and Agriculture, University of the West Indies.

Dr Gaius Eudoxie is an advocate for soil and Senior Lecturer of Soil Science at the University of West Indies (St. Augustine Campus) with responsibility for teaching and research in soil health and quality. Additionally, he serves as Deputy Dean, Outreach and Internationalization, Faculty of Food and Agriculture.

He has over 20 years teaching and research experience in soil management with a significant part of that focus dedicated to soil quality management and crop nutrition. He is a member of several national and regional committees and has coordinated and facilitated capacity building in integrated soil and water management throughout the Caribbean.

Dr. Eudoxie is a vice-president of the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Soil Partnership, FAO and Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Working Group on Drought, UNCCD. He has taken the responsibility of showcasing soils as more than “dirt” through media articles and commentaries.


Sharon Peart-Rose, Food Technologist at Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI).

Sharon Peart-Rose is a Senior Food Technologist in the Biotechnology Unit with over 24 years of experience in the Food & Beverage sector locally and regionally. Prior to her service at CARIRI, Sharon worked as a Quality Control Manager in the dairy, non- alcoholic beverages and animal feeds industries.

At CARIRI, she has extensive work experience in: Product and process development for the food and beverage industry; Conducting Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Food Safety audits, including HACCP and ISO 22000:2005, locally and regionally for the food service and food processing sectors; Implementing GMP and Food Safety Systems requirements in food establishments; Conducting Food Processing , GMP and Food Safety training, locally and regionally; Collaborating with major EU funded and supported agencies such as FAO, Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), IICA, IADB by providing technical consultancy services for local and regional food safety and agro-processing projects; And serving as a food safety advocate and educator on local radio and television programs.

Sharon Peart-Rose has worked closely with local companies in the implementation of food safety management systems such as GMP, HACCP, ISO 22000, FSSC22000, US FDA Preventive Control for Human Food Rule, YUM Brands Supplier Quality & Food Safety Management System and McDonalds Restaurants Group Supplier Quality & Food Safety Management System.


Lisa Harrynanan, Agricultural Health and Food Safety Specialist for The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) Delegation in Trinidad and Tobago.

Dr. Lisa Harrynanan works with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Delegation in Trinidad and Tobago as a Specialist in Agricultural Health and Food Safety. She is the project leader for IICA’s Agricultural Health, Food Safety and Food Quality Programme  for projects and interventions in Trinidad and Tobago and works closely with both the public and private sectors in country to strengthen their animal and plant health and food safety services. Dr. Harrynanan also provides technical support to the execution of other projects under IICA’s technical cooperation strategy, regionally and internationally.

Furthermore, she has facilitated training workshops in various Food Safety Management systems for MSEs, farmers, entrepreneurs, community groups, NGOs and public-sector agencies.  More recently, through the IICA collaboration with its strategic partners she has collaborated in developing the GAP standard; providing technical support to TCF MAPS project, and building the capacity of Micro and Small Enterprises, among other projects. As a Lead Instructor for FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food and the Produce Safety Alliance Lead Trainer for the Produce Safety Rule, she has conducted many courses for processors and farmers to meet the United States Food Safety Modernization Act requirements for export to the US markets.

Hasmath Ali, Registrar, Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Control Board, Ministry of Health.

Hasmath Ali is the Registrar of Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals at the Ministry of Health – a position that he has held since 2005. Ali is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Act and Regulations. He is in charge of the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Inspectorate as well as Secretary to the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Control Board. Ali is the country representative on the Coordinating Group of Pesticide Control Boards of the Caribbean Region. Over the years, Ali has worked on a number of projects related to pesticides and their use and the impact on human health and the environment as well as food safety and the production of safer foods.

Ali is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine with an MSC in Food Science and Technology.



This hour-and-a-half-long panel discussion will be moderated by The Cropper Foundation CEO, Omar Mohammed.

The panel discussion will be held virtually via Zoom and will be broadcast live to social media via The Cropper Foundation’s Facebook page. Members of the public wishing to engage with panelists during the question and answer segment are invited to register using the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_w-e5uYcSQ6-vwoGI-6AM4A

This webinar represents the third in a series of six (6) panel discussions to be hosted under a multi-stakeholder SAFE Food Campaign that was launched for World Food Safety Day, June 7, 2021.


# Panel Discussion Title Date Time
1 SAFE Food Now for a Healthy Tomorrow – A Panel Discussion June 7 2:00 pm
2 Sustainable Agriculture – The Key To Food Security June 22 2:00 pm
3 Pesticides, Preservatives and Microbial Bacteria

– Beyond What The Eye Can See

July 6 2:00 pm
4 Protect Your Family From Food Fraud – What to Look for July 20 2:00 pm
5 Eco-Friendly Packaging – How to verify, know the standard August 3 2:00 pm
6 Developing a SAFE Food culture in T&T August 18 2:00 pm


The SAFE Food Campaign stakeholders include: The Cropper Foundation, The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), The National Food Safety Coordinating Committee, The National Agricultural Marketing and Development Corporation (NAMDEVCO), Trinidad & Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS), Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture Delegation in Trinidad and Tobago (IICA) and The Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI)

This campaign has been implemented under the IDB Lab-funded action “Making Agriculture Profitable and Sustainable”.