The Lagos Chapter of the Nigeria Institute of Food Science and Technology, on Friday, enlightened street food vendors on the importance of maintaining proper hygiene while conducting their business.
The Chairman, Lagos Chapter, NIFST, Sunday Bamgboye, while addressing journalists during the enlightenment programme said the event was to mark the World Food Safety Day. He added that the institute decided to educate the street food vendors on the measures they need to take to prevent contamination, because majority of the population patronise them.
He stated that the well-being of their patrons was dependent on how hygienic the food they supply was, adding that personal protective equipment like hair nets, hand gloves and nose masks were donated to the street food vendors to help them maintain good hygiene.
Bamgbose said, “Basically, today (Friday) is the World Food Safety Day and we are marking it by going on the streets to educate the street food vendors. We have realised that majority of the population patronise them and we have discovered that if we don’t make the food they provide for purchase safe, it is a big risk to the well-being of the population.
“So, that is why we decided to go on the streets to educate the food vendors on good hygiene. We educated them on the way they should handle the food, the importance of using personal protective equipment like nose masks, hair nets and hand gloves to enhance hygiene and to protect not only the people, but also the food they are producing so that it won’t be contaminated.
“While educating them, we donated hand gloves, hair nets, nose masks and fliers produced in English and Yoruba so that they can understand the messages even if they are not literate.
“This project was developed by the Lagos chapter, but it has been adopted by the national body of the NIFST and all other chapters are doing the same thing. We are doing our own today (Friday) but our plan is to spread this project to other local governments in the state so as to have greater impact on the populace.”
A fruit seller, Veronica Osigwe, while commending the NIFST for the enlightenment, said maintaining cleanliness was crucial to selling hygienic produce.