Nigeria’s standards watchdog to review standards for fats and oil sector to meet up with market demands

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s standards watchdog the Standards Organisation of Nigeria(SON) has hosted a Technical Committee (TC) meeting to deliberate, review and amend 11 Nigeria Industrial Standards (NIS) for fats, oils, oil seed and tree nuts, to ensure the continued relevance of standards in meeting up with market demands. In his opening remarks the DG Mallam Salim Farouk who was represented…

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Food and Agriculture Organisation sensitizes Nigerians on Codex standards

NIGERIA – The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has teamed up with the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and the National Codex Committee (NCC) under the Federal Ministry of Health, to organize a two-day “Awareness Creation Workshop on Codex Alimentarius Standards and Codes of Practice”. The workshop under the theme: “Safer Food, Better Health”, with the slogan, “Food Safety is…

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Standards Organisation of Nigeria engages stakeholders on its laboratory services

NIGERIA – The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has conducted a one-day seminar on the “The Determination of the Reliability of Colony Count Method”, to update stakeholders on the current status of the SON Laboratory Services Directorate in Lagos. The Director General of SON, Mallam Farouk Salim, who was represented by the Director Laboratory Services, Dr Barth Uwgu- Okoko, echoed…

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Post-harvest specialists caution against poor food handling, use of toxic chemicals

NIGERIA – Food post-harvest specialists have urged farmers, small and medium-scale food handlers and processors in Nigeria to embrace good agricultural and post-harvest food practices, to avert preventable morbidity and deaths associated with related diseases and poisoning. The specialists decried use of chemicals to ripen fruits, use of insecticides on smoked fish, washing of fruits with unclean water, application of…

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NAFDAC urges Nigerians to consume safe wholesome food to boost immunity

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has advised Nigerians to ensure that only safe and wholesome food is consumed to boost immunity and improve the body’s natural defenses in fighting diseases. NAFDAC reiterated that Nigerians do not need medicines if they eat right, stressing that eating right means making healthy food choices from…

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Nigerian Economic Summit Group steers food safety discussions to harmonize bill

NIGERIA – The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), a private sector-led think-tank and policy advocacy group, has held an expert forum to discuss the National Food Safety and Quality Bill 2022. In his opening remark, the CEO of the NESG, Mr. Laoye Jaiyeola, said that foodborne infections, which cause many illnesses and deaths each year and have adverse economic effects…

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International Institute of Tropical Agriculture develops new disease resistant cassava varieties

NIGERIA – Through the NextGen project, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has developed new cassava varieties to boost cassava production in the country. Compared to local varieties, the new varieties Baba 70 and Game Changer are higher yielding. While Game Changer can produce 32 tonnes per hectare, Baba 70 can produce 38 tonnes per hectare. The new cultivars…

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Health of Mother Earth Foundation calls for ban of GM Cowpea in Nigeria

NIGERIA – A coalition of non-governmental organizations, farmer groups and research experts have called on the Nigerian government to immediately ban the distribution of Genetically Modified (GM) Cowpea, a popularly known bean among Nigerian farmers. The group known as the Health of Mother Earth Foundation also called for the urgent need for the Nigerian government to reinforce the nation’s biosafety…

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NAFDAC cautions Nigerians against addition of chemicals to food

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned Nigerians to desist from adding chemicals to food for whatever reasons, something it has continually reiterated. The warning was in response to alleged mixing of chemicals like Jatropha Curcas leaves, hypo detergent and potash with Akpu, popularly known as Fufu, to make it rise, be…

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NAFDAC warns Nigerians on product with undeclared allergens

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted Nigerians about Van Law Food Products which is said to contain some undeclared allergies. Adeyeye said in the alert that Van Law Food Products, an Incorporation of Fullerton, California is issuing a voluntary recall of Whole Foods Market 365 Organic Creamy Caesar Dressing because it…

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