Lagos Master Bakers trained on food safety
Ahead of the take-off of the School Feeding Programme in Lagos State, scheduled to start this month, members of the Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria (AMBCN) have been sensitised on food safety and management.
The programme, organised by Crown Flour Mills Limited, makers of Mama Gold Flour, had representatives of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), who addressed the bakers on standard and hygienic practice in bread production.
Managing Director of Crown Flour Mills, Mr. Anurag Shukla, said the programme was aimed at ensuring food safety for the school-feeding programme and to educate everyone in the value chain.
“We are working with the association to make sure that we supply them with quality flours, we are partnering them to make sure they deliver good quality bread for the programme.
“After today’s exercise, we expect that everything they were taught by the NAFDAC and SON should be cascaded down the line, to ensure that the quality of the bread they are producing is of high standard and bromate-free.”
Deputy Director, NAFDAC, Sunday Onah identified the safety of water, cleanliness of food contact surface, maintenance of handwashing exercise, proper labeling and good storage practice, personal hygiene, and control of employee health conditions, as essential requirements for hygienic food production.
The State Chairman of AMBCN, Alhaji Raji Omotunde also emphasised the importance of the programme, noting that it will assist them to produce wholesome and hygienic bread for the pupils.
The Director of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Bunmi Oteju assured that the programme would soon commence, noting that bread will be part of the meals.
She appealed to bakers to take the assignment seriously, as it concerns the health of the pupils.