The federal government has stated that it is making every effort to halt the rejection of food products and other exports from Nigeria, calling the situation worrying and detrimental to the nation’s economy.
NewsReport that Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the Minister of Health, gave a speech in Lagos at the start of a six-day training for National Codex Committee members on Food Safety Risk Analysis and the updated NCC procedure manual that was organized in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization. (FAO).
Ehanire, who is the chairman of the committee, represented by the Director and National Coordinator for Food Safety and Quality Programme, Mr. Atanda John, said it was created “to ensure the protection of food, ensure you take good and safe food and also to ensure fair practice in international food trade.
“We have been hearing of rejection of our foods; it’s because there’s no adherence to that standard, and this is not giving the country a good image. It’s affecting us economically tourism wise and in every other aspect.”
He said all stakeholders must play their roles to reduce the rejection of Nigeria’s food items abroad.
The FAO Country Representative, Fred Kafeero, who was represented by the NCC Focal Person, Sadiya Haliru, explained that the training was approved by the FAO in Nigeria with support from the FAO Regional Office in Accra, Ghana, to build the capacities of NCC members for more active participation and contribution to Codex work and activities at the national, regional and global levels.
She said, “It is expected that the outcome of this program shall have a significant impact on Nigeria’s agricultural production system and value chain, reduce the risks on health to consumers, food producers, processors, importers/exporters, and the economy.”