NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is set to embark on surveillance visits to restaurants and fast food outlets in Kaduna state.

The goal, according to Nasiru Mato, the State Coordinator for NAFDAC, is to ensure the operators adhere to appropriate hygiene practices.

According to Mr. Mato, the agency had noticed that several fast food and quick service businesses did not follow its rules for excellent hygiene and needed to be reviewed.

“We want to begin a massive surveillance visit to quick service restaurants and fast food outlets in the state with a view of ensuring adherence by the operators to NAFDAC guidelines on good hygiene practice,” he said.

He explained that the purpose of the visit was also to introduce the agency to a few fast food establishments and ensure that they complied with established standards, operating methods, and guidelines.

The visit is planned to be a continuous activity, according to the State Coordinator, in order to reach every part of the state.

As some of the essential elements of proper hygiene practice, Mr. Mato stated that NAFDAC would inspect for the usage of food-grade utensils, personal cleanliness, and environmental hygiene.

He said the agency would also check for the provision of insect-proof nettings to prevent cross-contamination.

“We shall also be looking at recommended storage conditions for all raw materials, use of appropriate apparel, and general sanitary condition, including the provision of adequate water system convenience,” he said.

He continued by saying that water used for cooking needs to come from a reliable source and should be well treated before usage.

“Essentially, a dedicated washing area with an appropriate channel for wastewater must be provided,” the State Coordinator added.

He claims that the purpose of the monitoring visits is to ensure compliance by reawakening operators in the food industry to all NAFDAC regulations that have an impact on their operations.

He also exhorted owners of eateries and other food businesses to apply for certification in good hygiene practices.

“If you have yet to register, I urge you to do so to avoid sanctions. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye is committed to ensuring that all regulated products meet the necessary quality and safety requirements,” Mr. Mato said.

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