Ministry health

NESG and Ministry Push for Harmonization of Food Safety and Quality Bill

The Nigerian Economic Summit Group and the Federal Ministry of Health have highlighted the need to harmonize the Food Safety and Quality Bill to protect public health and improve the acceptability of Nigerian foods in the markets global.

Experts and stakeholders revealed their stance on the bill at a Food Safety Quality Bill (2019) Review and Harmonization Workshop held on Thursday, according to a statement. of the NESG.

The permanent secretary of the ministry, Mahmuda Mamman, underscored the importance of the bill, saying that food safety stakeholders drafted the bill to protect the health of consumers and define the functions and parts of the federal governments. , state and local to ensure food and safety risks. are managed effectively.

Mamman, represented by Taiye Ologun, noted that Nigeria is currently applying a multi-agency regulatory approach to food safety, which presents significant challenges including the issue of multi-jurisdiction which results in loss of consumer confidence, leading the rejection of Nigerian foods on the international market. Marlet.

He reiterated the importance of the bill in ensuring consumer health protection and improving the acceptability of Nigerian foods in the global market.

The Facilitator of the NESG Agriculture and Food Security Policy Commission, Ms. Gloria Ekpo said that the NESG supports the protection of life and health of Nigerians through the provision of safe food, which is essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as safeguarding public health.

“The expert review will encourage collaborative rules to ensure food safety. As we dialogue and submit relevant advice, we should come up with recommendations that will foster inclusiveness and foster regional and continental dynamics that ensure food security,” Ekpo said.

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