In a bid to curtail morbidity and mortality associated with food borne disease in the country, Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA), have called on all tiers of government to take concrete steps to safe guard the health of Nigerians by providing adequate infrastructure and manpower to handle food safety issues.
The Association who made the call in a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Dr Gloria Daminabo, expressed dissatisfaction over the poor state of food of animal origin infrastructure, adequate veterinary and other related manpower in line with global best practices in the country.
According to the statement, “This has led to morbidity and mortality, economic losses and inability of our country to participate and benefit fully in international trade in food of animal origin despite our enormous livestock resources.
“We encourage the public to take more interest in food safety issues and demand at minimum action by government producers and professionals to allow only safe and wholesome food reach to the supply chain farm to the table.
The association however called on relevant stakeholders in the food production and supply chain to imbibe good safety practices as laid out in the country’s laws in their operations and seek advice from professionals to meet global food safety needs and access to market.
They further urged the agencies and professionals in the food safety industry to be more alive to their responsibility and work in synergy to curtail morbidity associated with food borne disease in the country.
The Association expressed commitment to play its advocacy and professional role in collaboration with relevant stakeholders and the public to promote the goal of safe food practices as enshrined in national and international regulations, treaties and guidelines for the benefit of humanity.