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This issue of CAJANUS highlights the efforts of several Caribbean countries that developed guidelines that will encourage the selection, preparation and consumption of healthyfoods. Because they focus on risk reduction and health promotion these guidelines are critical, not only to guide the general public but also to the development of food policy and nutrition education programmes.

This issue of CAJANUS is based on a report on food and nutrition security in CARIFORUM countries prepared by the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI) for the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in August 2007.

This is the second of two issues of CAJANUS focusing on the theme Food and
Nutrition Security in CARIFORUM countries. This issue draws from studies on Jamaica, St. Lucia and Belize, which were conducted by the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI) for the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in 2007.

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”.

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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