Abuja - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday donated 36
vitamin A test kits to the National Agency for Food and Drug
Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to intensify inspection of fortified
Davis Omotola, Nutritionist, UNICEF, who presented the donated
items to NAFDAC in Abuja, urged the agency to have zero tolerance to
substandard food products in the country.
Omotola said that the equipment would be used to check the quality of micro-nutrients in foods in order to reduce malnutrition.
Receiving the equipment, NAFDAC’s Director-General, Dr Paul Orhii,
said that the agency would make judicious use of the equipment.
He said that the check in the quality of foods consumed by people would improve the health of the people.
``NAFDAC as the name implies, is the National Agency for Food and
Drug and Administration and Control, the food comes even before the
``So, food is our major area of regulation but because for some times
we had the menace of fake drugs, we spend a lot of effort, energy and
resources chasing fake drug dealers.
``And we know that if we regulate the food industry very well and
Nigerians have good quality food, they might not even need the drug in
the first place, so their chances of taking a fake drug is also limited
and so that is why we are taking the issue of
food very seriously .’’
Orhii said fortified food was a good strategy in addressing the issue of malnutrition in the country.
He said that the challenges of reducing maternal and child mortality could be tackled through fortified food.
He said the agency had created a food directorate that would oversee the operations of food manufactured products.
According to him, food fortification policy is a public health policy
which aims to reduce numbers of people with dietary deficiencies in a
The NAFDAC director-general said the vitamin A test kits would help
the agency gain international recognition in leading the global effort
in food fortification and provision of good quality of food to the
Also speaking, Mrs Hausa Karen, Director, Establishment of the
agency, noted that malnutrition was one of the childhood killer
Karen said that fortified food was the most effective and cheapest way to address the issue of malnutrition in the country.
The test kits are for semi
quantitative spot analysis of food products including flour, vegetable
oil and sugar.
Food fortification or enrichment is the process of adding
micronutrients (essential trace elements and vitamins), to food for