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Dr. Nohemy Reid

 

NOHEMY M. REID received her Ph.D. in Science, Chemistry and Pharmacy in1986 from the National Autonomous University of Honduras in Tegucigalpa.  She is a Chemist III with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in Tallahassee.  Nohemy also teaches chemistry at Tallahassee Community College.  A native Honduran, Dr. Reid worked in that country as a FAVACA consultant in 2003 with the Ministry of Public Health in regulation, supervision and verification of food safety.  She also served in 2000 in the Dominican Republic and Jamaica on accreditation of veterinary labs.  In September 2002 Nohemy consulted on production of essential oils with Distillerie Gaston Michel in Jacmel Haiti, and returned in 2003 to Petion-ville, Haiti to work with a women's advocacy group, Belzeb on herbal products formulation.

 

Projects:

HONDURAN FOOD REGULATORS IMPROVE QUALITY CONTROL IN LABS.  The mission of the Department of Food Control in the Honduran Ministry of Public Health is to regulate, supervise and verify hygiene of food products to protect public health.  This not only benefits local citizens but also overseas consumers of Honduran exports.  The director of the department Dr. German Alfaro requested follow up training to ensure that they have a lab with adequate analytical capacity and sufficient quality control measures.  Dr. Nohemy Reid, Havana, returned to train 12 analytical chemists in quality assurance and quality control measures and specific chemical processes to meet Central American import/export standards.  The training course also served to begin the process of identifying lead personnel and analytical capacities of laboratories in the region for strengthening inter-lab coordination of activities, exchange of information and personnel, and improving analytical capacities in the region.  Dr. Reid, a native of Honduras and chemist with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, traveled April 23 - May 2, 2004, to conduct the training.

HAITIAN MICROENTERPRISE GROUP IMPROVES COSMETIC FORMULATION. Femmes en Democratie, a women's advocacy group in Haiti, requested FAVACA's technical assistance in herbal products formulation on behalf of member organization Belzeb.  Belzeb is an essential oils business run by a group of women in Petion-Ville. Belzeb's goal is to market their products internationally. To do so they required assistance in developing quality assurance standards, productivity targets and marketing strategies for their product to meet international standards. Veteran volunteer Dr. Nohemy M. Reid, a chemist with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Tallahassee, traveled to Haiti on August 11-16, 2003, to conduct the training.  As a result of this assignment, Belzeb is better able to develop new labels to ensure that packaging provide consumers with accurate information about the quantity of contents and ingredients; adopt FDA regulations to meet international Standards; and 3) improve the extraction of raw material using the Steam Distillation Method.

HONDURAN FOOD REGULATORS SHARPEN SKILLS.  The mission of the Department of Food Control in the Honduran Ministry of Public Health is to regulate, supervise and verify hygiene of food products to protect public health.  This not only benefits local citizens but also overseas consumers of Honduran exports.  The director of the department Dr. German Alfaro requested training to ensure that they have a lab with adequate analytical capacity and sufficient quality control measures.  Veteran volunteer Dr. Nohemy Reid, Havana, traveled January 4-12, 2003, to train five Honduran technicians in the use of the High Performance Liquid Chromotography (HPLC) instrument and in techniques to improve the quality of their work.  Dr. Reid, a native of Honduras, is a chemist with the Bureau of Petroleum Inspection in the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in Tallahassee.

JACMEL ESSENTIAL OILS & MEDICINAL ALCOHOL FACTORIES BOOST PRODUCTION.  The USAID Regional Initiatives Program - Jacmel, requested technical assistance for the Distillerie Gaston Michel in essential oils and medicinal alcohol production.  The southern zone of Haiti has a long history of producing essential oils from agricultural raw materials.  Veteran volunteer-consultant Dr. Nohemy Reid, a chemist with the Florida Department of Agriculture, Standards Division, traveled to Jacmel from September 9-15, 2002, to conduct a 5-day workshop with for six staff of Gaston Michel.  After assessing the problems, Dr. Reid suggested guidelines of quality assurance in the laboratory.  She assisted the owner in the development of an action plan for resolving production problems.  Some of her recommendations included the installation of a purified water system, better control of the distillation process, and improvement of tabulations of the quantity and quality of sugar for better results in the fermentation of alcohol production. She also suggested the procurement of analytical instruments, for best accuracy.  In addition to working with Mr. Gaston, the volunteer-consultant also toured JACOSA, another essential oil factory in the area. 

FLORIDA AG OFFICIALS TARGET QUALITY ASSURANCE IN VETERINARY LABS: ROUND TWO. In early 1999, the InterAmerican Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and CIRAD-EMVT -- their French counterpart -- launched a Caribbean network of veterinary diagnostic laboratories with the goal of accrediting member labs for particular tests. IICA coordinator Sandra Vokaty requested technical assistance to develop quality assurance programs for various diagnostic tests in several member countries. Dr. Michael Slayter, chief of the Bureau of Diagnostic Laboratories for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DOACS), Kissimmee, and Dr. Nohemy Reid, DOACS, Tallahassee, conducted a second round of assessment visits September 24-30, 2000. The team's first stop was the Dominican Republic September 24-27, 2000.

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