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Knowing fully well that Food is Fundamental to human existence, and as a strong food safety advocate, a street food safety champion and a food evangelist, I was invited to be part of the ADM Food Safety Conference, 2022 that took place at Marriott Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos on Friday, 28th October, 2022.

ADM, the organizer believed that everyone has the right to the food they need to sustain their lives. Food derived from nature is an important driver of health and wellness and access to nutrition has the power to solve many of the world’s challenges and that is why all human exist …to unlock the power of nature to enrich the quality of life.

At the maiden edition of the ADM Food Safety Conference, the Guest speaker spoke extensively on Food Safety Tools- Secret to Enhancing Global Food Trade. At the solution spotlights, experts from National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) dwell on the topic “Exploring the Food Supply Chain; Challenges and Strategies in implementing Food Safety Management Systems in Nigeria” while representatives from the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST),a professional association of food professionals spoke on “What Have We Learned to Make Our Food Systems More Resilient in Nigeria?. Quality Assurance and Food Safety in ADM: Our recipe for Success was handled by Dr. Adeniyi Odugbemi, PhD, Global Director of Food Safety, ADM. Also, there was a session on “Emerging Food Safety and Quality Concerns in the Food and Beverage Industry in Africa and their Solutions” and the panelist were drawn from the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON); Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI); Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) and industry representative from Nestle PLC Nigeria. The ADM Food Safety Conference also have a Solution Roundtable on “Practical Approaches to Enhance Food Safety in Nigeria- prospects” and another one on “Food Safety, Quality & Compliance- Creating a Customer-centric Culture of Quality”.

In all, this Food Safety Conference open the participants eyes on the reasons to unlock the power of nature to enrich the quality of life since food is fundamental in all human endeavors.

Food Safety is a Shared Responsibility!

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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