FAO reaches milestone in food safety in Nigeria

AgricultureOKORO CHINEDU 

LAGOS, (CAJ News) – NIGERIA’S proposed Food Safety and Quality Bill is a decisive milestone in improving food safety and protecting African  consumers from food-borne diseases, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) said.

The United Nations agency said the feat added to the many activities it had undertaken to provide technical support and capacitate African  countries for food security.

The developments in Abuja constitute good and promising news on the improvement of food safety on the continent to share with the international community, as it prepares for the Codex Alimentarius  Commission meeting where delegates from 188 countries will converge in Rome, Italy to discuss food safety and food standards, from Monday.

The meeting builds on the critical stakeholder meeting took place in Abuja  earlier this month to validate a new proposed Food Safety and Quality Bill  and an institutional reform for the management of food safety in Nigeria.

Jean Kamanzi, FAO Regional Food Safety and Quality Officer for Africa,  said effective national food control systems were essential to protect  consumers.

“They are also critical in enabling countries to increase country food and  agriculture commodity trade in regional and international trade by enforcing their compliance with safety and quality standards and to ensure that imported food stuffs conform to national requirements.”

If passed, the proposed standalone new Food Safety and Quality Bill and the institutional reform will bring fundamental changes in the way food safety is managed in Nigeria and will lay down the foundation for a modern, efficient and effective national food control system for Nigeria.

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