Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Red Alert Over Rising Cases Of Food Poisoning, Deaths
WORRIED by the rising cases of food poisoning and related deaths in the country, a consultant on safety in health and environment and Managing Consultant at First HACCP System, Mrs. Zainab Akanji, have called for the establishment of Food Standards Agency of Nigeria (FSAN). HACCP is Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points. First HACCP System Limited is an international leader in HACCP training, health and safety training, food safety and hygiene training, certification, auditing, fumigation, safety, health and environment consultancy (SHE). First HACCP are registered trainers and a centre of Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) United Kingdom (UK).
Akanji said the proposed Food Standards Agency would be an independent government department responsible for food safety and hygiene across Nigeria just like the FSA in UK. She said the FSAN would work with businesses to help them produce safe food, and with local authorities to enforce food safety regulations.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), unsafe food is linked to the deaths of an estimated two million people annually – including many children. Food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances is responsible for more than 200 diseases, ranging from diarrhoea to cancers.
WHO in a press statement ahead of the World Health Day 2015 on April 7 said: “New threats to food safety are constantly emerging. Changes in food production, distribution and consumption; changes to the environment; new and emerging pathogens; antimicrobial resistance – all pose challenges to national food safety systems. Increases in travel and trade enhance the likelihood that contamination can spread internationally.”
Meanwhile, Akanji said First HACCP provides specialized and tailored training and consultancy services to all sectors of industries- oil and gas sector, food industries, government organisation, cooperate organisation, amongst others ranging from small, medium-sized through to big industries. She said the company also provides consultancy services to all catering and hospitality industries throughout UK and Africa and help all types of catering businesses including hotels, pubs, restaurants, shops, cafe, bed and breakfasts, nurseries, schools, residential homes, care homes, hospitals, airline services and oil companies.