Food industry players have denounced the rejection of Nigerian foods in international markets.
Experts, who were working on the Harmonization of Food Safety and Quality Bill (2019) sounded the alarm during a workshop in Abuja, Guardian reported.
Speaking at the workshop organized by the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mahmuda Mamman outlined the possible causes for the rejection of Nigerian foods in the international market.
According to him, the multi-agency regulatory approach to food safety applied in Nigeria has led to the problem of multi-jurisdiction, which has resulted in loss of consumer confidence.
Speaking through Taiye Ologun, the permanent secretary said the bill was important in improving the acceptability of Nigerian foods in the global market.
Also noting that the bill would ensure the health of consumers, Mamman said the ministry has partnered with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization to ensure food safety risks are effectively managed.
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