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US commits to local food safety scheme

06 March 2015, 17:26

Abuja - The United States has reiterated its commitment to ensuring food security and safety in Nigeria.

Through its Agency for International Development (USAID), it has organised a training workshop in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health, and the Food and Agriculture Organiation of the United Nation (FAO).

The event is ongoing in Abuja.

According to an official of USAID, the training follows the inauguration of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Food Safety and the National Food Safety Management Committee by the Government of Nigeria in January.

USAID Mission Director in Nigeria, Michael Harvey, said the training was part of the US Government's long-term efforts to support the National Food Safety Management Committee, which put in place a strong food safety regime to boost Nigeria's export market, as well as the agriculture sector.

Also read: ECOWAS, USAID extend strategic partnership

“We are pleased to have USAID and the US Department of Agriculture work together with Nigerian counterparts to hold this workshop,” he said.

The workshop involved a series of case studies on topics such as quality management systems, risk analysis, food safety modernization act, and monitoring and evaluation procedures.

The workshop's participants represented all of Nigeria's geo-political zones.

Since 2013, the US, through USAID and the US Department of Agriculture, has worked with Nigerian food industry stakeholders in the public and private sectors as well as development partners to revise the national food policy and develop an implementation strategy.

- CAJ News

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