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Contact: Adhara King

Wednesday February 11, 2009 – Consumers will be the beneficiaries of an initiative by the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS) to promote food safety on island.

The SLBS is set to launch a booklet entitled “ Preparing Food Safely: A Guide for Consumers”.

With the new publication, the SLBS is expanding its reach to target not only commercial food handlers, but also consumers who purchase food, and prepare food for consumption in the household.

Head of the SLBS Certification Department, Betty Combie said, “The rationale with regards to the creation of this booklet is to arm consumers with the knowledge of safe food preparation. Food safety is everybody’s business. Unsafe food can cause harm. The book was created with the guidelines provided by the World Health Organization. There are five keys to food safety, and by using those five keys, we expounded on requirements necessary in accordance with those keys.”

This initiative puts power in the hands of the consumer, to recognize and follow best practice in the preparation of food under safe and hygienic conditions.

The booklet is meant to complement the Food Certification Programme currently being carried out by the SLBS to ensure food handlers adhere to specific food safety standards.

“It’s a free publication. We have printed about one thousand copies plus an electronic copy will be available on our website. Representatives from the Ministry of Health, the Department of Consumer Affairs, the National Consumers Association and the Ministry of Education are expected to be present at the official launch of the booklet. For the Bureau, this is about educating consumers on preparing food safely,” said Combie.

The booklet will be launched on Friday 13th February at the SLBS' office at the Bisee Industrial Estate at 10:00am.

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