Access to sufficient, nutritionally adequate and safe food is a basic human right. This right, however, is threatened by foodborne disease and food contamination, two growing public health concerns in the Pacific. Additionally, micronutrient deficiencies and non-communicable diseases continue to have extensive public health, social and economic consequences for people in the Pacific. The programme on food safety aims at assisting Pacific Island Countries in strengthening their national food control systems which are essential to protect the health of consumers, prevent fraud, avoid food adulteration and facilitate trade in safe and healthy food. The assistance includes technical support and capacity building for countries to develop and enforce food safety measures based on risk analysis.