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Applying the right and useful campaign strategies to reduce the incidence of food-borne illness among consumers can’t be complete if you don’t have the buy-in of relevant stakeholders in attendance at your sensitization and awareness campaigns especially representatives of some of the markets who are arguably the most common name on the lips of traders when food items are discussed.    .

Thus, at the last Lagos Food Safety Conference and Exhibition organised by the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency (LASCOPA) in conjunction with FOODDOTCOMACADEMY SERVICES, a food entrepreneurship training centre, the attendance of the Executives and traders of Shukura Yam Sellers Association and Mile 12 Perishable Foodstuff International Market, Africa’s largest fresh produce market was strongly felt.

Experts shared experience and expertise on how Nigeria farmers and traders can produce and preserve for example, tomatoes all year round and adopting the global best practices of using plastic crates for fresh produce transportation from farm to markets and storage so as to minimize and reduce the percentage of Post Harvest Loss (PHP) in tomato and other fresh produce value chain instead of selling rotten produce to customers that will ultimately affect the quality of the end products. Also, suggestions were made on how the three tiers of government can assist to provide and improve on existing market infrastructures and work hand in hand with market associations and unions to raise the consciousness and capacity building of traders to adopt Good Hygiene Practices (GHP) and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and equip them with modern and right technologies.

FOODDOTCOMACADEMY welcomes food manufacturing companies, input companies in and outside Nigeria, relevant department of food and agribusiness sections of embassies, banks and other financial institutions, ministries, departments and agencies (MDA) of government to partner with us so as to sustain the tempo on food safety campaigns.

Food safety is not only a shared responsibility but everyone’s business.

If it is NOT safe, then it is NOT food!


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About The Author

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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