Food Safety Is Everyone’s Responsibility- Stakeholders

Stakeholders say food safety is a collaborative effort by all and should be everyone’s responsibility.

A cross section of stakeholders spoke with the Newsmen on the sidelines of the 2022 National Food Safety programme in Abuja.

The event which held at the Ministry of Environment, was powered by RCL City Centre in collaboration with the National Industrial Safety Council of Nigeria (NISCN), National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

Others are the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), the Federal Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labour and Employment and the Lagos State Safety Commission.

The stakeholders said that food safety must not be left in the hands of the industry’s regulatory bodies alone, adding that it was the responsibility and business of everyone.

Mr Joe Oduah, the Chief Executive Officer, RCL Industrial Safety Centre said that everyone who produced, processed, sold or prepared food, had a role in keeping it safe.

He said that the importance of the programme could not be overemphasised, noting that producers usually found it difficult to export due to the poor quality of food produced in the country.

Nimatullah Braimah, a Senior Scientific Officer in the Quality Assurance and Development department of FCCPC, said the primary mandate of the commission was to protect consumers against unwholesome and unsafe foods.

She said that food safety was a collaborative effort by all stakeholders, adding that everyone had a responsibility and part to play right from the farmer, the regulatory bodies to the consumer.

Anne Iweka of the Food and Drug Services Department, Federal Ministry of Health said the objective of the programme was to chart the way forward for all stakeholders in the industry.

“We are here at the food safety programme to chart the way forward to engender food hygiene and sensitise farmers, food handlers, processors, manufacturers on the issue of food safety in the country.

“The government has been involving the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to come together and chart the way forward in the issue of better food safety in the country.

“This is by carrying out sensitisation awareness to food handlers across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

“We the regulators all come together to constitute the National Food Safety and Management Committee which is being domiciled in the Federal Ministry of Health.

“Our objective is basically to chart the way forward in ensuring a high level of food safety in the country,” she said.

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