FAO harps on passage of food safety bill

Ene Okwanihe

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The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in Nigeria has called on the Nigerian Government to expedite the passage of the Food Safety Bill and implementation Strategy into law as the world marks the 2019 World Food Day with the theme “OUR ACTIONS ARE OUR FUTURE. HEALTHY DIETS FOR A ZERO HUNGER WORLD”

The Country Representative of the FAO Mr. Suffyan Koroma made the call at a press conference to mark the day in Nigeria.

Mr. Koroma while calling on Nigerians to think about their food choices and eating patterns said food safety is important in improving diets and preventing food-borne diseases.

“As food safety is vital in improving diets and preventing food-borne diseases, actions needs to expedited and sustained advocacy and awareness to pass and adopt the Food Safety Bill and its implementation Strategy into law in the country”   

He also emphasized the importance of nutrition education for a positive food behavior and food choices.

Mr. Koroma noted that the FAO is supporting government efforts to conduct the National Food Consumption and Micronutrient Survey (NFCMS) to find out what individuals are consuming in the country, adding that the organisation is also committed to revising the Food Based Dietary Guidelines for Nigeria.

While calling on people to commit to better nutrition, the country representative said the organisation wishes to increase the production and consumption of high quality food through investment in agriculture, regulatory framework, technologies and innovations,

The World Food Day (WFD) is celebrated 16th October annually and is aimed at heightening public awareness of the world food problems and also to strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty and encourage people worldwide to take action in the fight against hunger.