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Education about food safety in Nigeria

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By Kenny Adetunji

The Nigerian way of doing things may not live up to international standards.

In this article we will discuss Food Safety both domestically and internationally, there are many aspects to food safety, both domestically and internationally. Foodborne illness is a major concern, and can occur in either setting. In order to prevent foodborne illness, it is important to understand the risks involved and take steps to mitigate them. One of the most important steps in ensuring food safety is proper cooking. Cooking food to the correct temperature will kill any harmful bacteria that may be present. This is especially important when cooking meat, as undercooked meat can contain harmful bacteria such as E. coli.

Another important step in ensuring food safety is to practice proper hygiene. This includes washing hands thoroughly, keeping cooking surfaces clean, and avoiding cross contamination. It is also important to avoid eating food that has been contaminated, which unfortunately can often lead to Food Poisoning. Food poisoning can be a very serious illness, and can often result in hospitalization. There are many different types of food poisoning, and the symptoms can vary depending on the type of food poisoning that you have. Some of the most common symptoms of food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention right away.

Vendors will be forced to change their practices.

Nigerian food markets are unfortunately no stranger to bad food practices, which can lead to foodborne illness. Poor hygiene, inadequate refrigeration, and contamination can all lead to illness. For example, meat may be left out in the sun, potentially leading to bacterial growth, or fruits and vegetables may not be properly washed, increasing the risk of contamination. It is important to be aware of these risks when shopping in Nigerian food markets, and to take precautions to avoid becoming ill.

Food safety guidelines are important for all Nigerians to be aware of in order to protect themselves from foodborne illnesses. Shoppers should be especially prudent when selecting food vendors to purchase items from, as contaminated or improperly handled food can lead to serious health problems. If enough people refuse to buy food from vendors who do not comply with food safety guidelines, the vendors will be forced to change their practices.

Few excuses to claim they are not informed.

It is up to the consumer to educate themselves and demand change, it is up to the vendor to comply with food safety practices. Most of these vendors have no training about food safety, and have no intention of following the guidelines. The Nigerian government needs to shut down vendors that do not comply with food safety regulations, as there are few excuses in this day and age to claim they are not informed.

Markets need to be overhauled to ensure all vendors have proper Sanitation stations, Electricity and access to public restrooms. Market stalls need to be upgraded to ensure safety guidelines are followed, and proper spacing and roofing needs to be added. Vendors having food products sitting on the ground is completely unacceptable.

Educates them on proper food handling guidelines.

When we fix the markets in Nigeria, vendors should be required to take an online informational seminar that educates them on proper food handling guidelines. Once they pass the seminar they need to be provided with a certificate of completion that they can display in their stall, so their customers know that they are qualified to handle the products they are selling.


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