The need to prevent food from contamination has become more pertinent, especially today, June 7 2022, as the world celebrate the World Food Safety Day.
Considering the significance of food and how it can be prevented from germs, the World Food Safety Day aims to mobilize action, help prevent, detect and manage food borne risks, and improve human health.
With this year’s theme tagged: “Safer food, better health”, a UN official report revealed that World Food Safety Day intends to campaign and emphasize on the importance of taking a holistic approach to the food system for improved health in the long run and to prevent food-borne diseases.
Meanwhile, more efforts have been made by the UN Nations General Assembly to make the world know and be conscious about food security as the organisation proclaimed in 2018 that every 7 June would be World Food Safety Day.
There is no doubt that the whole world needs to live a healthy life. The emergence of food safety recognises the global burden of food borne diseases, which affects individuals of all ages, in particular; children under-5 and persons living in low-income countries.
In Nigeria malnutrition is widespread in the entire country and rural areas are especially vulnerable to chronic food shortages, malnutrition, unbalanced nutrition, erratic food supply, poor quality foods, high food costs, and even total lack of food, as the country still rely heavily on food imports.
On the challenges of food safety in Nigeria, the rural areas are more vulnerable to malnutrition, erratic supply of food items, unaffordable food costs, low quality foods and sometimes complete lack of food.