Nigerians have been advised to stand down on the consumption of bad foods which could cause sicknesses and diseases, and in turn could lead to death.
A food scientist, who also is the Chairperson of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) Abuja chapter, Vera Eze urged Nigerians to always ensure they consume safe foods.
Eze who made the call in Abuja observed that most of the foods we consume in Nigeria can kill out rightly, and this is alarming. It is the responsibility of food scientists to ensure that the foods we consume are safe.
“We are concerned with how our farmers cultivate their crops, harvesting methods, to preservation and storage until they are ready for consumption.”
She encouraged the use of ethylene gas for artificial ripening of fruits saying, “most of the people who sell fruits these days ripen their fruits with carbide, which is a harmful chemical and I advise people to buy unripe fruits which they can ripen by themselves, using safe methods.
“Ethylene gas is one safe material to ripen fruits, it could be more expensive but it is safe.”
Eze further said, “We intend to periodically bring stakeholders together to discuss challenges of food quality management and proffer solutions. It is part of our corporate social responsibility to ensure that all the impediments to safe food in Nigeria are identified and gradually removed.
“We aim to ensure that Nigerians no longer die from avoidable poisonous elements in the food they consume.”