In an effort to support Nigeria’s newly launched National Policy on Food Safety, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has given $495 million to the cause, aimed at reducing the number of foodborne illnesses and improving consumer confidence, among other goals. These plans were announced by Louise Setshwaelo, an FAO representative in Nigeria who spoke at a workshop on the topic of "Strengthening Nigeria National Food Control System and Safety".
Much of Setshwaelo’s talk highlighted the need for new regulations to guide food safety, hygiene and quality standards in Nigeria. To date, FAO’s partnering with other institutions and organizations are making strides toward improving public health and promoting the country’s economic development.
Also speaking at the workshop with Setshwaelo was Linus Awute––permanent secretary in the Federal Ministry of Health. He maintains that "patriotic commitment" on behalf of Nigeria's leaders and residents will help to enforce the new food safety policy. The new endeavors, he says, are "necessary to protect the consumer."
The workshop was attended by a number of influential organizations including the World Health Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, the Association of Food and Beverages and Tobacco Employers, and the Standards Organization of Nigeria.
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