In the last decade, the significant increase in obesity, certain types of diabetes and related heart diseases in Nigeria hasraised critical issues related to fast foods, their high fat content, calories and possibly poisoning and hygiene related issues. Stemming from urbanization, and the associated changed nature of work and family life, the Nigerian explosion in the number of the retail outlets of fast foods (from mama puts, roadside cafes to suya sellers) requires the pro-activeness by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the state and local council health services.
In fact, apart from the label of street food vendors/hawkers or operators of ‘quick service restaurants’, more severe and rigorous registration process to entry the food business, as well as the development of monitoring infrastructure need implementation nationwide. Standard operating best practices and self-monitoring plans should cover raw materials and ingredients (water included) and food handling, cooking, production, transport and preservation across the entire food supply chains.
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26 February 2010