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NBTI, NICFoST inaugurate committee on food safety

The National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI) in collaboration with the Nigerian Council of Food Science and Technology (NiCFoST), have inaugurated a committee on food safety.

Speaking at the inauguration, recently in Abuja, the Director General NBTI Dr. Patricia Chukwu urged food scientists and food vendors to secure the sector for the benefits of Nigerians.

The committee is expected to come up with guidelines for food safety in Nigeria.

“And you know that we have a lot of entrepreneurs in most of our centres that are engaged in food processing and some agro products. So I believe that the committee will be able to come up with what it takes for them to be able to come up with products that will be of standard and ensure the quality and safety of our people,” she added.

Also speaking, the Registrar/CEO of NiCFoST Mrs. Veronica Eseh said the committee’s work is crucial as it would ensure professionalism in food regulation in the country.

According to Eseh, those who handle food should be registered professionals and must have a license.

“And those of them in the committee have few persons from the department of food processing because we can’t be talking about professionals and non professionals will be the actors, so the professionals have to ‘hold the bull by the horn’ And ensure things are done right. Like we said in the issue meeting, that the process of registration is on-going and we have gone ahead from registration to getting licensed by the professionals. It’s just like any other profession, without being licensed, you can’t really operate. And we want such persons to be in the committee to put through the necessary requirements in place to have a proper and competent service delivery,” she added.