NAFDAC charges Bakers on standard
By Jubril Bada
The Southwest Zonal Director of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC), Mrs Preye Edotimi has called on Master Bakers and Caterers in Nigeria to strictly adhere to the quality standard put in place at the time of product registration.
The call came as part of precautionary measures against the ravaging coronavirus recorded in Nigeria at a sensitization meeting of Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria.
She said for the avoidance of doubt certain precautionary steps must be strictly adhered to in all bread production facilities.
According to her, appropriate sanitation measures should be taken to avoid contamination and risks of all kinds.
Edotimi who noted that environmental sanitation and personal hygiene must be adhere to said entire factory for bread production should be cleaned frequently and thoroughly in accordance with the Standard Operation Procedure for cleaning.
She added that person suffering from communicable diseases or with wounds should be excluded from duty until such is certified medically fit again.
While noting that is part of effort of the agency to protect and promote the public health, the NAFDAC boss posited that no bread that is not properly packaged and labelled in the factory should be sold or distributed.
Speaking with The Hope, the State Chairman of Master Bakers Association, Alhaji Jimoh Iyiola said the partnership of the association with the NAFDAC in the state enabled the association to have proper regulation of bread production in the state.
This, he said did not give room for the substandard production of bread in Akure and across the state
Iyiola explained that the association ensured production of bread in the state for human consumption is in line with the NAFDAC regulation.
Following the spread of coronavirus into the country, the chairman said various preventive measures included personal hygiene, proper sanitation of factory and use of sanitizers among others are being taken by bakers in the state to prevent the deadly disease.