Food Safety: Stakeholders Charge Animal Farmers On Quality

Food Safety: Stakeholders Charge Animal Farmers On Quality

The Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof Moji Adeyeye and other stakeholders has appealed to farmers to apply caution on the quality of feeds given to their farm animals as whatever animals are fed with will eventually enter the food chain.

The noted that wellbeing of man depends on animal health and the environment adding that animals raised in confinement and fed defined feeds containing ingredients like rendered animal products, animal waste, and antibiotics could expose the people to food contamination.

Prof Adeyeye who was represented by her Senior Assistant, Mr. Willaims Effiong said, “The emerging trend of events in global food safety has revealed that the safety and well being of man directly depends on the animal health and environment.  In order to effectively achieve this height, a multi-disciplinary approach is the only left alternative which must be effectively explored as soon as possible.  We are yet to explore the livestock sector of international trade.

Speaking on the objective of the workshop, Adeyeye said it was designed to ensure food safety practice in Nigeria.

“The objective of this workshop is to achieve a safer food of animal origin for our citizen amidst other benefits such as domestic and international trade, safer environment and a sound well being of our livestock. The emerging trend of events in global food safety has revealed that the safety and well being of man directly depends on the animal health and environment,” she stated.

Speaking further, he revealed NAFDAC is weighing the option of HACCP within the next one year to achieve a safer feed for safer food in Nigeria.

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