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NAFDAC to come hard on Fast food Restaurants, Bakeries!

NAFDAC to come down hard on fast food outlets, bakeries!
In a renewed effort to sanitize the Quick Service (fast foods) Restaurants, Bakeries, Flour marketers, etc, in the country, Foodpreneur News, who had been at the fore fronts of the awareness campaign on the importance of food safety education, hygiene and food security, learnt from a reliable source that the nation highest regulatory body, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) may have concluded plan to begin another nation-wide crackdown on fast-food restaurants, bakeries and flour marketers in a renewed bid to check the resurgence of unwholesome practices and sale of substandard products.

In the recent past, enforcement operations carried out by NAFDAC has led to the closure of some big names in the industry. Our team of correspondents who had been investigating complaints received from consumers can authoritatively confirm that some flour marketers are in possession of the banned lethal substance, Potassium bromate and some bakery operators are still using the cancer-inducing substance which they joyfully referred to as ‘tablets’. These set of bakeries reverted to the use of Potassium bromate to enhance the size and appearance of their bread.

It is worrisome to note that some restaurants are still in the habit of selling stale and unwholesome foods and bakery products to unsuspecting members of the public. While many do not have water treatment plants installed in their outlets. Some are using archaic and malfunctioning water treatment plant. Also noticeable are untreated water tanks used by most restaurant and bakeries that had been infested by algae. The general hygiene of the kitchen and personnel were poor and unsatisfactory.

Do you believe that some even went to the extent of using unethical means by employing the service of cats for de-ratization process i.e. using cat to chase out rat from the outlets instead of using qualified and approved fumigators, thereby exposing unsuspecting consumers to transferable diseases such as toxoplasmosis from animals to man. Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by toxoplasmas, transmitted chiefly through undercooked meat, or in soil or cat feces. Symptoms generally pass unremarked in adults, but infection can be dangerous to unborn children.

We @ Foodpreneur News will support new focus by NAFDAC on Quick Service (fast food) Restaurants, bakeries and flour marketers in the country to sanitize the industry and partner with Association of Fast Food Confectioners of Nigeria (AFFCON), Association of Master Bakers, etc, to encourage their members to employ Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)


In order to forestall this kind of embarrassment in your establishement, call 234-7059549741/ 07061842021 or email: [email protected]; [email protected] to learn more about to the various GMP steps NAFDACRasaq Oke & Chris Ofuani

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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