In the Caribbean, it is critical that:
- tourism-dependent economies keep tourists well and happy;
- small, vulnerable, populations are protected from the ravages that food-borne illnesses can cause;
- public health systems do not collapse under excessive demand; and
- vulnerable food businesses protect their reputation and their workforce.
The strain that food-borne illnesses can cause national economies include:
- Loss of productive work time;
- Increasing cost of health care;
- Costly surveillance programmes;
- Loss of life;
- Impact on vulnerable segments of the population, including children, the aged and low income groups;
- Impact on trade; and
- Reduced food security.
Worldwide, countries are becoming more stringent in their surveillance and regulation of the food industry in an effort to protect consumers. HACCP and ISO22000:2005 are two international Food Safety Quality Management Systems that can improve the operations of stakeholders along the food chain.
CFSC can assist organizations to implement effective food safety programmes that will also improve their efficiency and reduce their risk exposure.