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Saint Lucia
Codex Contact Point
The Director, Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS), National CODEX Contact Point (Saint Lucia), Bisee Industrial Estate, CP 5142, Castries, Saint Lucia Tel: +1 758 453 0049
E-mail: slbs@candw.lc
Website: http://www.slbs.org.lc
National legislation on food safety: FAOLEX

Competent authorities

Name of authority
Ministry of Health Environmental Health department
Ministry of Agriculture
Bureau of Standards
Mandate/competence
Public Health, restaurants, post mortem animal carcasses, inspections of food establishments
Livestock, Fisheries, ante mortem swine, bovine, poultry, etc, port inspections
food product labelling, mandatory standards monitoring, inspections, bottled water, www.slbs.org.lc
INFOSAN Emergency Contact Point
Ernie Pierre Ministry of Health Environmental Health Division Tel: 1758 384 5508 or 1758 4856499 or 1758 4518937 email: erniepierre@hotmail.com

Food safety and consumer protection – laws and regulations

The current list of legislation, related to food safety and consumer protection in each country, is extracted from FAO's database on Food Legislation FAOLEX.
While FAOLEX makes every effort to serve as a high quality, reliable source of information, no guarantee is given that the information provided in FAOLEX is correct, complete, and up-to-date.

The national Codex programme

National Codex consultative mechanism
a technical committee, sub-committee or working group. Once the need for a standard has been established, these experts meet to discuss and negotiate a draft standard. The national draft is circulated to the public for comment once experts are satisfied with the content. Comments received are disposed by committee and once consensus is obtained, the final draft is submitted to the Standards Council for approval. If approved by the Standards Council draft becomes a national standard and gazette notice is issued. Codex Committee Organizations include: Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries, Co-operatives and Rural Development Veterinary & Livestock services Division General Interest Expertd Caribbean Agriculture Business Association National Consumers Association Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations Sir Arthur Lewis Community College Baron Foods Ltd (manufacturer) Saint Lucia Manufacturer’s Association Saint Lucia Industrial and Small Business Association Ministry of Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs Caribbean Public Health Agency Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards
Providers of scientific and technical input to national consultation on Codex
Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries, Co-operatives and Rural Development Veterinary & Livestock services Division General Interest Expertd Caribbean Agriculture Business Association National Consumers Association Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations Sir Arthur Lewis Community College Baron Foods Ltd (manufacturer) Saint Lucia Manufacturer’s Association Saint Lucia Industrial and Small Business Association Ministry of Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs Caribbean Public Health Agency Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards Codex Issues of relevance include items under the purview of CCFH, CCFFV, CCFL, CCFICS, CCLAC

Risk Assessments and Scientific Data

National bodies providing risk assessment and scientific advice
Caribbean Public Health Agency Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries, Co-operatives and Rural Development Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations
Risk assessment, risk profiles, scientific opinions
None available
Official Laboratory
No official labs exist. Government lab involved in some microbial testing. Commissioning of national diagnostic facility upcoming within 2019.
CARPHA
Official Competence
E. Coli
HPC Pseudomonas E. Coli/Coliform

Surveillance of foodborne diseases and monitoring of food contamination

National surveillance systems – foodborne disease in humans
Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations keeps some record of food bourne disease through chief medical officer or chief environmental officer departments/offices
National monitoring systems – foodborne hazards in the food chain
Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards, Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations and Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries, Co-operatives and Rural Development has regulations and legislation that support monitoring of food products at point of import and market surveillance.