FAO, WHO task Nigeria on hygienic food, agric sector


Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and World Health Organisation (WHO) have called for the need to improve hygienic practices in the food and agriculture sector of the country’s economy.

Head of Mission and Representative of WHO in Nigeria, Dr. Walter Mulombo, who made this known at the commemoration of the 2022 World Food Safety Day in Abuja recently with the theme: Safety Food, Better Health, said the effects of food safety incidents were capable of inducing global negative effect on public health, trade and the economy of nations.

Mulombo, who was represented by the Deputy Country Representative of WHO, Alexander Chimber, canvassed the need to encourage positive practices that would reduce the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance on the food chain.

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“There is no food security without food safety and in a world where the food supply chain has become more complex, the effect of food safety incident may have global negative effects on public health, trade and the economy.

“Nigeria needs to continually improve its food supply chains to prevent infectious and toxic hazards, microbial pathogens, chemical residues bio-toxins and other toxic substances from getting into our food,” he said.

He, however, said the WHO would continue to support Nigeria in ensuring operationalisation of National Food Safety Policy and Implementation of guidelines working with FAO and other United Nation’s (UN) agencies.

In his remarks, FAO Representative for Nigeria and the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), Fred Kafeero, said effective food safety was imperative.

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