Press Release: Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) role on Food Safety
Abuja Monday 24 June 2019: Food Safety is significant to attaining food security.
As a professional body for food science and technology; the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) creates laudable awareness on food safety through different platform across the states in Nigeria.
The Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) FCT Chapter disassociates herself from the misleading information going viral in the social media that NIFST went to inspect Utako and Garki markets in Abuja metropolis during the celebration of the maiden edition of 2019 World Food safety day
In a telephone interview with African Harvesters, Dr Oluwole Toye clarified that NIFST does not inspect markets or any food facility but promotes the development and application of science and technology to every aspect of food.
To mark the maiden edition of the World Food Safety Day, members of the FCT Chapter of NIFST visited Utako and Garki markets in Abuja metropolis to sensitize the food handlers sellers on wholesome acceptable food handling practices.
Members met with the market authorities before the event to mobilise the food sellers.
On the event day, FCT Chapter members discussed good food hygiene practices with the market food sellers and appealed to them to stop any sharp practices that will render food unsafe for consumption.
Members also informed the sellers that sharp practices such as use of carbide to ripen fruits, washing fruits and vegetables with detergents and colouring palm oil with Susan IV were not right. They were then advised to always allow the fruits to go through natural ripening processes, sell palm oil as it is and wash fruits and vegetableswith clean water.
The market food sellers were further informed that safe food handling will help prevent illnesses such as cancers, typhoid, diarrhoea and even death.