Eateries, food outlets and poor hygiene

Ogun State Government in Nigeria has threatened to close down some eateries and food outlets in the highbrow Oke-Ilewo axis of Abeokuta, the state capital, for poor hygiene.

It also said the promoters of the food outlets might face prosecution if they did not change has therefore, issued a seven-day ultimatum to the affected eateries and food outlets to remedy the situation.

According to a statement on Tuesday, the state Commissioner for Environment, Ola Oresanya, gave the ultimatum after an inspection of the affected eateries and food outlets in the state.

Oresanya said the affected business concerns must immediately improve their operational hygiene to safeguard their customers and residents of the state from the risk of food poison.

The commissioner during the inspection, said accumulated fats, oils and grease and other food materials were discovered in a confined chamber, which were not scooped daily thus allowing their breakdown by microbes which releases toxic waste.

His words “Aside from this, it was discovered that they were discharging their untreated wastewater directly into the public drain.

Open holes were also seen within their septic tanks holding faecal matters, general poor housekeeping as well as evidence of rat infestation within their stores’ areas.

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