The Federal Government has said that it is making move to address the hard to stop the rejection of Nigeria’s food items and other goods exported to foreign countries.
According to the government, the ugly situation is very worrisome in the sense that it is causing massive damage to the economy of Nigeria.
The statement was made by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, spoke in Lagos State during the opening of a six-day training for members of the National Codex Committee on Food Safety Risk Analysis
Represented by the Director and National Coordinator for Food Safety and Quality Programme, Mr Atanda John, Ehanire said the committee was created “to ensure 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 prevalence of Nigeria’s food items abroad.
The FAO Country Representative, Fred Kafeero, who was represented by the NCC Focal Person, Sadiya Haliru, said that the training was approved by the FAO in Nigeria with in collaboration with FAO Regional Office in Accra, Ghana, to build capacities of NCC members
She said, “It is expected that the outcome of this programme shall have 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.”.