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Food technologist cautions processing firms on ethics


Nigerian-foodAn advocacy group, the National Food Hygiene of Nigeria (NFHN), on Friday, cautioned food processing firms to adhere to professional ethics in the preparation and packaging of their products.

The Lagos State NFHN Coordinator, Mrs Vivian Okoroekwe, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that processed foods, if not well prepared and packaged, could end up becoming cancerous to the consumers.

Okoroekwe said that the prevalence of foods packed in sachets in Nigerian markets these days called for adherence to professional ethics to avoid food crisis.

She added that “it is good the way indigenous food processing firms are springing up in the country to help absorb fresh produce from farms.

However, the safety of citizens is paramount, following the way and manner such produce are packaged; this is what concerns us as an advocacy group.

The packaging materials are usually of chemical composition and are used to keep foods edible for certain periods.

The danger, however, lies in its preparations; if the material is not well produced, the chemicals in it could creep into the food products, making it dangerous to health.

It is the obligation of the organisation to ensure that such does not happen,’’ the NFHN coordinator said.

She charged firms to always engage the services of trained and certified food technologists to man their quality control departments to avoid large-scale food poisoning.

Okoroekwe disclosed that the group was embarking on an aggressive nationwide enlightenment campaign on food hygiene, adding that it was already inducting members who would support its drive.

She urged food processing organisations to support them in the venture. (NAN)

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