Head of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Moji Adeyeye, has called on Nigerians to ensure they consume diets devoid of contamination.
The NAFDAC boss was speaking on Wednesday at a One Day National Food Safety Stakeholders Workshop on Total Diet Study (TDS) in Abuja.
According to her, many studies had shown that many people had died in Nigeria and across the world as a result of consuming contaminated meals.
She said that the incidence of food-borne diseases remained public health issues of global concern for both developed and developing countries.
Governments around the world, she said, are working to improve the safety of food along the supply chain.
Adeyeye stated that based on WHO’s data, 600 million people became ill and about 420,000 deaths occurs yearly across the world after consuming contaminated food.
She added that these deaths were needless and avoidable if only people ensured that only clean and food free from contamination was consumed.
The NAFDAC boss disclosed that the workshop was organised to present the results of the TDS carried out in the country in 2016 by her agency.
She said that the study was a critical programme that monitored the levels of contaminants and nutrients in the average diets of a population.