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Research More On Food Security, Amosun Tells Researchers

Posted: Jul 24, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ogun state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has called on researchers and scholars in the country to embark on researches that would tackle the challenges of food security and safety in the country.

He gave the charge during a food safety and nutritionists and other professionals programme held at the Federal University of Agricultural, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), in partnership with the International Life Science Institute, University of Ghana, Legon (ILSI-UGL).

Amosun, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Daisi Odeniyi, stated that there had been an increase in the upsurge of food-borne diseases due to the consumption of contaminated food items such as vegetables, beans, and other products, which could result in sudden death, because the basic principles of hygiene were not followed while producing such food items.

He said there is need to educate people on the dangers of eating unwholesome food, adding that the State Ministry of Agriculture regularly inspects abattoirs to certify that they were fit for the processing of meat for human consumption.

According to him, residues and fruits were subjected to laboratory analysis, while the State Ministry of Health also got some brands of sachets of packed water, popularly called “pure water”, to undergo the same laboratory analysis.

He stated further that from the results, it was found that a reasonable number of the things that were being consumed were not up to standard, hence the need to train and retrain sachet water producers, bakers, food vendors and others, to address unhygienic food processing procedures.

The Programme Co-ordinator in Nigeria, Professor Folake Henshaw, stated that the programme had been going on in the University of Ghana and was facilitated by the International Life Sciences Institute to disseminate knowledge on food safety and nutrition. According to her, “The global concept now is food safety along the production chain, that is, from farm to fork and from the production to the consumer, with safety all along the chain.”