Expert seeks measures to curb food fraud


Country manager, HarvestPlus, Dr. Paul Ilona resumed calls for cooperation to help fight food fraud.

PricewaterhouseCoopers, a multinational professional services company based in London (PwC), estimates that food fraud annually exceeds the global food industry to $ 40 billion.

In an interview, Ilona stressed the need for agencies to respond to consumer concerns about food products that are most susceptible to fraud.

In addition, he also noted that millions of Nigerians still remain malnourished due to the lack of adequate micronutrients in their diets.

He noted: "The deficiencies of micronutrients are also known as" hidden hunger "- a form of malnutrition that often goes unnoticed."

He expressed regret that the high prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies in the country has extremely negative consequences for the health of children and mothers. However, he noted that there are opportunities to address the effects of malnutrition on public health and development through large-scale enrichment and biofeedback of staple foods.

He confirmed the continued support of HarvestPlus for the government's efforts to combat food insecurity and malnutrition by providing pragmatic and sustainable solutions.

He said that the organization is organizing a nutritious food fair in order to demonstrate the rich cultures and derivatives, as well as the related technologies of local processing. Ilona said that the fair is scheduled for November 7 and 9.

The events will be held at the Landmark Event Center, Lagos.

He said that Nigerians will be able to access bio-strengthened crops that will improve their nutritional status and provide farmers with competitive harvests.

Among the bright events at the fair will be awards to the best farmers, processors, marketers and protectors of water-enriched cassava and maize.

In addition, the participants will have the opportunity to watch special screenings of the award-winning film Yellow Cassava, in which some of the best stars in Nigeria in an exciting plot are concentrated on bio-enriched cassava.

It is expected that the fair, which is in the fourth edition, will attract more than 10,000 participants from the country and beyond.

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