Stakeholders Mark World Food Safety Week

Tosin Clegg

As part of efforts to mark the World Food Safety Week, the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, in collaboration with the London Professional Training Centre, recently hosted the International Food Safety Workshop with the theme, “Prepare for the Unexpected.”

The workshop aimed at addressing critical issues in food safety and preparation, brought together over 100 physical attendees and more than 500 virtual participants from various states across Nigeria.

The primary objective of the workshop was to raise awareness about the paramount importance of food safety and to equip food handlers with the necessary knowledge and skills to manage unexpected challenges in the food industry. Emphasising best practices, emerging trends, and innovative solutions, the event served as a robust platform for experts, policymakers, and industry professionals to engage in meaningful discussions and share valuable insights.

The workshop commenced with a market sensitisation ceremony in Lagos State held recently, followed by school sensitisation programs in two different schools, targeting both junior and senior secondary students.

The preliminary activities were designed to spread awareness and instill the fundamentals of food safety among diverse demographics.

Throughout the workshop, participants experienced a variety of engaging sessions, including interactive panel discussions, expert presentations, and case studies. Hands-on demonstrations further enriched the learning experience, allowing attendees to directly apply the concepts discussed. 

These sessions facilitated a deeper understanding of food safety practices and protocols, promoting a culture of safety and preparedness within the food industry.

Different speakers delivered keynote addresses, including representatives from the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Lagos, Nigeria and international organisations committed to promoting food safety and public health. Their insights underscored the global and local importance of food safety measures, particularly in the context of public health.

A notable highlight of the workshop was the provision of a free food handlers test for all food handlers present, sponsored by one of the event’s partners.

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