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NAFDAC warns Nigerians about dangers of keeping cooked food in refrigerator for days

The Director General of the National Agency for Food and Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, has advised Nigerians to abstain from keeping cooked food in the refrigerator for more than three days.

This was made known in a statement signed by the agency’s Resident Media Consultant, Sayo Akintola, on Tuesday.

The agency warned that cooked food stored in the refrigerator for days will be exposed to contamination by disease-causing pathogens, leading to foodborne diseases that can lead to death.

Parts of the statement read: “She (NAFDAC FG) urged Nigerians to refrain from storing cooked food in the refrigerator for more than three days, warning that cooked food stored in the refrigerator for days is susceptible to contamination by disease-causing pathogens, key agents of foodborne diseases that can lead to death.”
Speaking at the 2024 World Food Safety Day with the theme, ‘Food Safety: Prepare for the Unexpected’, the DG appealed to stakeholders in the food supply chain to take conscious efforts to create a food safety culture in their operations to minimize food hazards and risks that could compromise food safety.

She noted that food safety is not only important for public health but also for economic development, adding that everyone from producers to consumers must play their part to ensure food safety.

“Let us all stay true to the statements ‘food safety is everyone’s business’ and ‘food safety is a shared responsibility’ as we mark this year’s World Food Safety Day.

“Working together, we will continue to strengthen our food safety system, ensuring its resilience, robustness and preparedness for the unexpected,” she said.

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 600 million – almost one in 10 people in the world – fall ill after eating contaminated food, and 420,000 die every year, resulting in the loss of 33 million healthy life years.

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NAFDAC shuts down four bakeries in Rivers

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has shut down four unregistered bakeries in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The South-South Zonal Director of NAFDAC, Chukwuma Oligbu, revealed that the bakeries were operating without licences and in unhygienic environments.

NAFDAC listed the affected bakeries as He Reigns Bakery, Rumuigbo; Divine Freedom Bread, Rumuomasi; De Heroes Bakery, Psychiatric Road, Rumuigbo; and The Lord’s Abundant Bakery, Rumuigbo.

In a statement by the regulatory body, the owners of the bakeries have been directed to report to the zonal office for questioning while investigations continue, and samples of the produced bread have been taken for laboratory analysis.

Oligbu said: “The bakeries were operating without registration licences and with very poor Good Hygienic Practice, GHP.

“Pans with dough were kept on the floor, the makeshift buildings had uncovered windows, bakery workers were not well kitted with PPEs, lister generator sets were sited inside the production rooms, there was no factory flow, etc.,” the director stated.

Oligbu warned that defaulters of NAFDAC regulations risk prosecution and possible jail terms when convicted.

He implored producers of NAFDAC-regulated products to seek guidance by visiting the agency’s office for advice and supervision in setting up their facilities and businesses.

The zonal director emphasised that the agency will make Rivers State and the entire South-South Zone uncomfortable for illicit producers who do not abide by NAFDAC standards.

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Kano: Gov. Yusuf approves N5b fertiliser purchase for farmers

Gov. Abba Yusuf of Kano State has approved the purchase of fertiliser worth about N5.07 billion to support smallholder farmers in the states.

This move aims to facilitate food sufficiency through massive agricultural transformation.

According to a statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Sanusi Tofa, in Kano on Tuesday, the approval was given during the 15th State Executive Council (SEC) meeting.

“The fertiliser will be distributed across the 44 Local Government Areas to support farmers, especially those in rural areas, to increase crop yields during the 2024 rainy season’’, he said.

 

He explained that the fertiliser would be sold to farmers at a subsidised price, demonstrating the governor’s commitment to providing access to quality and affordable agricultural inputs.

This move follows the governor’s previous purchase of grains worth billions of naira, distributed to vulnerable people in the state to alleviate hardship.( NAN)

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Stop using chemicals for food oreservation- NAFDAC warns Nigerians

Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mojisola Adeyeye has warned Nigerians against using chemicals to preserve food. 

The health agency outlined the negative impact associated with dichlorvos (sniper), a chemical mostly used by traders to safeguard food from spoilage.

The statement read;

“The misuse of dichlorvos poses significant risks to human health, manifesting in both short-term and long-term consequences.

“The long-term exposure can result in severe health implications, including developmental abnormalities in offspring, memory loss, reduced fertility, and potential carcinogenic effects.”

The statement also quoted the Director of Veterinary Medicine and Applied Products (VMAP), Rametu Momodu, as saying that the use of certain chemicals for food preservation is illegal.

Momodu was quoted saying;

“Using certain chemicals, especially pesticides, to protect grains and prevent beans from having weevils is not an approved practice. There are approved pesticides for use as fumigants, which should be used according to the manufacturer’s specifications on the product label.”

She stated that these products should not be applied directly to food due to their inherent dangers to human health. Momodu further stated that eating food contaminated with snipers could cause dizziness, vomiting, difficulty breathing, tremors, and convulsions, and in some cases, can lead to coma and death.

She said that once used, the pesticide residues remain on or in the food, causing significant health implications. She added that washing the food does not stop the chemical effects, noting that the harmful substance would have already simmered into it.

She stressed that the agency cannot recommend washing as a solution, saying doing so gives a false sense of security.

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