FAO/SPC/WHO Pacific Islands Food Safety and Quality Consultation
The links between food safety, nutrition and obesity first reached the attention of the world in 1992 at the joint FAO/WHO International Conference on Nutrition when 159 countries recommended the development of National Plans of Action on Nutrition (NPAN). Improving food safety and developing healthy lifestyles (including action on obesity) are two of the nine action areas of NPANs. They provide the global policy framework for action.
In response, and to build on these global and regional initiatives (especially in terms of regulatory approaches), a Consultation on food safety and quality was held in Nadi, Fiji by the FAO, SPC and WHO. A total of 37 temporary advisers were drawn from 12 countries and areas of the Pacific to participate in the Consultation. These temporary advisers were largely senior government personnel. They included secretaries of health, directors of health or public health, senior food safety regulators, quarantine, agriculture and fisheries officers and nutritionists. Also involved as temporary advisers were Pacific island academics and researchers. Others at the meeting included resource persons, representatives and the FAO/ SPC/WHO joint secretariat.