Expert warns against the indiscriminate consumption of poorly prepared foods

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Nigerians have been advised to avoid the indiscriminate consumption  of road side foods.

 Food scientist, Mr Ugochukwu Onuora, made this known on Thursday  during an interview with  the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN),  according to the expert,  consuming foods that one did not know how they were prepared, especially from roadsides, had caused avoidable deaths.

He noted that the current lassa fever scourge in the country, could have emanated from  consuming contaminated foods that were not properly guarded against rodents, especially rats– the  carriers.

Onuora said illness like cholera, typhoid fever, gastroenteritis and diarrhea could also be contracted by eating road side foods.

 “In recent times, many Nigerians eat outside and buy foods they sell at bus stops, motor parks and during traffic gridlocks.

“These may not have been processed or preserved through the standard requirements or procedures and the sellers may also not be observing necessary hygiene required for such.

“Hence, there is need for caution to prevent getting food poisoning.’’

Onuora also charged the  National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)  and other regulatory agencies to double its efforts in dealing with issues, adding that road side food vendors should be subject to strict supervision, he also called on Government at all levels to  to intensify its sensitisation on lassa fever and food safety.

 “It is very important to subject food vendors to strict supervision in order to ascertain the quality of their foods.