The Federal Government has empowered the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to undertake more effectively its mandate in the regulation of processed and packaged foods in the country.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mr Abdullahi Mashi, stated this at a news conference to mark the 2019 World Food Safety Day in Abuja.
He said that everyone eats at least one meal a day and these range from fruits, vegetables to carbohydrates and proteins.
According to him, a lot of times, the foods we eat give us symptoms like stomach pain, vomiting or high fever.
Mr Mashi explained that most times, these pains could just be mild discomforts which could also lead to rapid hospitalisation and even death.
He however said that the food we eat must be safe, wholesome and nutritious.
World Health Organisation (WHO) says foodborne diseases in 2015 was found to have made approximately 600 million people sick and caused 420,000 untimely deaths.
”Non-hygienic food preparation environments as seen in the way foods are prepared by the roadsides, gutters and near open faecal defecation areas, among others.
”These can lead to diseases such as Typhoid, Cholera, Diarrhoea, Botulism, Listeriosis, Hepatitis A and Cancer,” he said.
He said that the Federal Executive Council had also approved that the Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Directorate of NAFDAC be expanded to ensure it becomes more efficient and effective to achieve its mandates.
The theme for this year’s celebration is: ”Food Safety, Everyone’s Business”.