A Professor of Food Science and Technology, Alfred Ihenkuronye, has said that more than 200,000 persons die of food poison in Nigeria annually.
Ihenkuronye who made the assertion recently in Abuja, the nation’s Federal Capital Territory stated that the deaths were caused by contaminated foods through improper processing, preservation and service.
His words “There are many avenues through which foods can be contaminated. And when people eat these foods, they will have problems which may result in deaths.
On how to address the problem, he called for continuous sensitisation and training of food handlers on how to operate in hygienic environment.
… Example of food poisoning – A family of nine who died as result of food poisoning in Imo State in 2012!
Earlier, Ihenkuronye, who is currently a visiting professor, Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna, had spoken at a sensitisation programme for food vendors operating in the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
In the same vein, Martha Dogo, a Nutritionist and Dietician at the AMAC Health Department while stressing the need for sensitisation to reduce the incidents of food poison and deaths, she stressed that “The AMAC Health Department will continue to train those involved in food processing and preparation in order to reduce the occurrence of food poison.