National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has reportedly created a Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Directorate to further strengthen the agency’s capacity in robust food safety regulatory activities.
The Director General, Doctor. Paul Orhii, disclosed this at the maiden National Food Safety Week celebration in Lagos, Nigeria.
The event tagged ‘How Safe is Your Food? From Farm to plate, make food safe was aimed at preventing, reducing, detecting and reporting food safety issues and also strengthen the National Food Control System.
The Director General noted that the objective of the Maiden Food Safety Week is to improve food safety through public awareness campaigns and encourage consumers to ensure the food on their plate is safe by asking questions, checking food labels and following hygienic tips.
He stressed that food safety is of growing concern in all parts of the world, and this is including Nigeria stating that safe food supplies support national economies, trade and tourism, contribute to food and nutrition security and underpin sustainable development.
He reiterated that the growing pressure of demand on food production, handling and distribution systems could contribute to potentially serious food quality and safety problems.
It is important to note that unsafe food poses global threat, endangering everyone from children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with an underlying illness are particularly vulnerable.