In its bid to achieve food safety in the state, Oyo state government on Wednesday, sought for collaboration with stakeholders in the food supply chain
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Olusoji Adeyanju , while speaking at the 2023 World Food Safety Day with the theme” Food Standards, save lives “organised by the Ministry and its partners, urged stakeholders in both public and private sectors of the state to embrace food safety practices to reduce food contaminants to the lowest possible level.
Dr. Adeyanju, who spoke through the Director, Public Health, Dr. Wole Lawal, on the occasion at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Ibadan, explained that unsafe food poses global health threats, adding that food can only provide consumers the nutritional needs when is safe.
He said : Food contamination occurs at any stage of food production, delivery and consumption chain, concerted efforts must be made by those in the food supply chain to ensure safety of food from the farm to the final consumers”
He called for close working relationship among the stakeholders to ensure food safety and nutrition.
Dr.Adeyanju, noted that the government would intensify efforts on awareness cum sensitization campaign on food safety and quality, particularly at the rural communities.
The Guest lecturer, Professor Gabriel Adegoke of Dominion University, Ibadan, while presenting his paper on the theme ” Food Standard, save lives”,said it became imperative to pay attention to food safety to maintain good health and attain long life.
The Professor of Fruits, microbiology and food safety, harps on the need for individuals to prepare foods in hygienic condition and ensure left over foods are preserved.
He lamented that problems associated with food pathogens are real, adding that adequate steps should be taken to sensitize producers of local food to ensure produce is situable for consumption.
Earlier, the Director, Food, Water and Laboratory Services, Ministry of Health, Oyo State, Alhaja Afusat Akande , explained that it would be difficult for any nation to achieve food sustainability where there is no food security.
She said further that it was essential for individuals to know the source of food and its state before consumption in order to reduce the burden of food bone diseases.
“ World Food Safety Day is commemorated on 7th June every year, the Ministry is doing this together with the likes of WHO , UNICEF , Zartech amongst others to raise awareness among policymakers , producers, food business operators, consumers, and intimate them of their roles, so that the food we eat is safe “