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At the recently concluded 2022 World Food Safety Day celebration organised by the Lagos State Safety Commission, one of the invited Guest Speaker who is a Retired Director of Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), an erudite scholar, a distinguished Fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST), Dr. Margaret Eshiett threw a pertinent question to the audience, “Are we really eating for health or Hunger”?

The World Health Assembly Resolution WHA53.15 of May 2000 recognised food safety as an essential public health function. Furthermore, WHO action in the African Region (2005), emphasize the importance of food safety in disease prevention.

Food quality and safety are a priority for national governments and an integral part of  improving food security. Safe and Nutritious food is therefore necessary for human survival and well-being. The Codex Alimentarius Commission,(a joint body of FAO and WHO) sets international standards for food to ensure safe foods towards protecting the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in the international food trade.

It has been established that safe food supplies contribute to food and nutrition security and underpin sustainable development, support national economies, trade and tourism, ensure  consumer confidence in the food supply system of any nation. However, the economic fallout of the pandemic put more than 11 million Nigerians in poverty by 2022. Safe food is one of the most critical guarantors for good health. The effects of the pandemic created a dangerous mix of unemployment, increased poverty, increased overall inflation, increased food inflation a widespread loss of income and overall hunger. And this, brought up the questions, “In Nigeria, are we really eating for health or Hunger”?

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Rasaq Oke

Rasaq Oke hold a Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) Honours degree in Food Science & Technology from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife. He is a seasoned Food Technologist and Agribusiness expert with wide and rich industry experience that cut across reputable organization like Guinness Plc, Crown Cork and Seal, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals (now Neimeth Pharmaceuticals), Livestock Feeds Plc. and Tantalizers Plc. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FOODDOTCOMACADEMY SERVICES, Managing Consultant with RESPITALITY CARE COMPANY (RCC), and Publisher/ CEO of FOODPRENEURS PUBLISHING COMPANY, the publisher of FOODPRENEURNEWS, a print and online food magazine ( Mr. Oke is an accomplished food entrepreneur, consultant, administrator, instructor, and facilitator. He is a member of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) and the Head,-Editorial Board of the NIFST Food Forum Magazine; An Executive Member of the Nigeria Association of Agricultural Journalist (NAAJ). He is an Full Member and Secretary of the Membership, Certification and Education Committee of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Training and Development (NITAD). He a a Media and Communication Consultant to the Lagos State Fadama Coordination Office (SFCO) and the Lagos State Coconut Development Authority (LASCODA) in addition to being a Technical Partner to the Lagos State Consumer Protection Authority (LASCOPA). He is married with children and loves playing table tennis as well as travelling.

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