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The excerpts presented in this issue of Cajanus focus on food preservation - basic techniques, preserving some of our local Caribbean foods, and the consequences of preservation on nutrient content. Anyone with an interest in food preservation will find this issue of Cajanus interesting and enlightening.

In several issues of the Cajanus, the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute addressed the matter of food safety. In Volume 24 of 1991, reference was made to an excerpt from the World Health Organization (WHO) publication Evaluation of Programmes to Ensure Food Safety: Guiding Principles. The point was made that in developing food safety programmes; there must be “continuous re-examination and evaluation to ensure that the activities that are being undertaken are those that bring substantial improvements”.

Good nutrition of a population is central to national
development not only as a social good but also from
an economic standpoint. Coordinated sectoral actions
are required to best address the nutrition-related 
problems.  This issue of Cajanus calls attention to two
important sectors – agriculture and education and 
concludes with a presentation of the priorities and
strategic approaches required to improve nutrition,
health and national development.

In issuing the Nassau Declaration in 2001, the Caribbean
Heads of Government pronounced that "the health of a
region is the wealth of the region". This Declaration stood
on three pillars: non-communicable diseases (NCDs),
HIV/AIDS and Mental Health. Previous issues of Cajanus
have elaborated on the critical role of nutrition in NCDs
and AIDS.  This issue draws attention to the little known,
but essential, role of nutrition in mental health.

Food poisoning at a local food festival or tourism event, convulsions resulting from unscrupulous peddling of harmful food supplements and the unfettered consumption of “empty calories” from vending machines are images that we cannot allow to be a regular part of the Caribbean consciousness. This issue   of CAJANUS gives focus to these aspects of food safety where regulation may need to be introduced or enforced.

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