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Lets be part of arms, guarantee meals security – Stakeholders inform Nigerians


Stakeholders on Friday in Abuja mentioned the problem of meals security was a collaborative effort which is everybody’s accountability and enterprise.

A cross part of stakeholders spoke on the sidelines of the 2022 Nationwide Meals Security Summit in Abuja.

The occasion held on the Ministry of Surroundings was powered by RCL Metropolis Centre in collaboration with Nationwide Industrial Security Council of Nigeria (NISCN), Nationwide Company for Meals, Drug Administration and Management (NAFDAC).

Others are Federal Competitors and Client Safety Fee (FCCPC), Customary Group of Nigeria (SON), the Federal Ministry of Well being, Ministry of Labour and Employment and the Lagos State Security Fee.

The stakeholders mentioned the problem of meals security should not be left within the arms of the business’s regulatory our bodies alone, including that it was the accountability and enterprise of everybody.

Mr Joe Oduah, the Chief Government Officer, RCL Industrial Security Centre mentioned that everybody who produces, processes, promote or prepares meals, have a task in retaining it secure.

“The Nationwide Meals Security Summit has introduced collectively all of the operators within the meals business worth chain from the growers, fertilizers, transport and storage in addition to regulatory authorities.

“That is bringing collectively all of the coverage makers within the meals business from NAFDAC, FCCPC, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ministry of Well being.

“They’re right here collectively primarily to brainstorm on the very best methods to forestall and to save lots of firms of their popularity that comes from foodborne diseases and dangerous meals manufacturing habits, and so forth,” he mentioned.

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He confused that the significance of the summit couldn’t be overemphasized, noting that producers often discovered it troublesome to export as a result of poor high quality of meals produced within the nation.

“Additionally, for the growers within the nation, we discover it troublesome to retailer as a result of now we have dangerous storage habits.

“It additionally not a secret anymore that firms lose their reputations in addition to monies, as a matter of reality, thousands and thousands of {dollars} on account of meals borne diseases.

“We additionally lose alot of lives as alot of individuals fall sick as a result of consumption of dangerous and contaminated meals.

“So, now we have come collectively now to overview and revise all of the concepts and to additionally educate folks good manufacturing habits and trendy practices which regulatory our bodies are aligned to.

“We additionally educate concerning the crucial factors and all of the hazards which can be related to meals security,” he mentioned.

Nimatullah Braimah, a Senior Scientific Officer within the High quality Assurance and Growth division of FCCPC mentioned the first mandate of the fee was to guard customers in opposition to unwholesome and unsafe meals.

She famous that meals security was a collaborative effort by all stakeholders, including that everybody had a accountability and half to play proper from the farmer, the regulatory our bodies to the patron.

“So, we as FCCPC additionally ask customers to purchase high quality merchandise out there and whereas buying merchandise to all the time learn labels and directions given concerning the product.

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“Most significantly, the customers should be sure that they verify date markings to determine the product’s manufacturing and expiry dates.

“By observing all these precautions, they’re defending themselves in opposition to unwholesome and substandard merchandise.

“We as a fee additionally carry on educating and updating customers on the very best and most acceptable international practices,” she mentioned.

Anne Iweka from the Meals and Drug Companies Division, Federal Ministry of Well being mentioned the target of the was to chart the best way ahead for all stakeholders within the business.

“We’re right here on the meals security summit to chart the best way ahead to engender meals hygiene and sensitise farmers, meals handlers, processors, producers on the problem of meals security within the nation.

“The federal government have been involving the Ministries, Departments and Businesses (MDAs) to return collectively and chart the best way ahead within the challenge of higher meals security within the nation.

“That is by finishing up sensitization consciousness to meals handlers throughout the six geopolitical zones of the nation.

“We the regulators all come collectively to represent the Nationwide Meals Security and Administration Committee which is being domiciled within the Federal Ministry of Well being.

“Our goal is principally to chart the best way ahead in making certain a excessive stage of meals security within the nation,” she mentioned.

Ndubuisi Nwachukwu, the Secretary of NISCN, FCT Department famous that meals security in Nigeria was non-negotiable.

“Anybody who thinks security is pricey ought to attempt accident and you can see out that accident is extra pricey than being secure.

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“Security certainly is everybody’s enterprise and NISCN has been in existence since 1964 in making certain that Nigerians in work locations are secure.

“The Nationwide Meals Security Summit subsequently goes to assist be sure that every part we devour is secure as a result of the safer the meals, the more healthy the meals,” he mentioned.