National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has vowed to enforce Good Hygiene Practices (GHP) in bread processing. The agency’s Resident Media Consultant, Mr. Olusayo Akintola, disclosed this in a statement, yesterday, in Abuja.
The statement noted that NAFDAC’s Director-General (DG), Prof. Christianah Adeyeye, made this known during her meeting with members of the Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria (AMBCN), Lagos State chapter.
Represented by the agency’s Director, Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (FSAN), Mrs. Eva Edwards, the DG said the move would encourage the association’s special task force to rid the industry of unwholesome practices. She urged members of the association and other confectioners to always imbibe the culture of GHP for the benefit of the public.
The DG said the agency would not compromise the quality of bread, a staple food among Nigerians. Noting that the agency was sensitive to the increasing cost of baking ingredients, she said this should not be an excuse to undermine safety, quality and endanger the lives of consumers.
“You should confidently give your family members what you have produced to eat. Avoid using expired raw materials and contaminated packaging materials. The overall objective of GHP in the food processing sector, including bakeries and Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs) is to ensure the safety of food from the starting materials to the final products.
“GHP must be strictly adhered to from the beginning to the end of the production process, as finished products should not be exposed to the ravaging onslaught of rats and other pests in Lagos metropolis,” she added.
The statement also quoted the Acting Chairman of the association, Matthew Ayoola, as commending the initiative of NAFDAC by engaging his members on the way forward with their businesses.
He pledged that his members would use the knowledge they gained at the engagement to further enhance the quality of their products in the state. Ayoola, however, disclosed that his association had set up a task force to bring forward any recalcitrant member to NAFDAC for necessary guidance towards compliance with the regulations, and sanctions.