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Importance and maintenance of GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) recognised standards certification
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Importance and maintenance of GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) recognised standards certification
With Bureau Veritas.
How to ensure compliance to food safety requirements and demonstrate the quality of the organization's product. 
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Quality and Standards: The need for standardized production and processing methods within Nigeria’s food and beverages industry
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Quality and Standards: The need for standardized production and processing methods within Nigeria’s food and beverages industry
Focus:    quality control, certifications, exporting, health and safety, vocational training (TVET)

Nigeria’s National Policy on Food Safety and Its Implementation Strategy (NPFSIS 2014) was drafted by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and is, arguably, the most comprehensive Food Safety Policy document that Nigeria has produced.  It aims to integrate and harmonize all existing laws, standards and codes that regulate food safety practices in Nigeria, redefine and coordinate existing food control infrastructures at various levels of government and reduce areas of overlap and conflict.

The policy
  • dictates that the principles to be applied during the preparation, production, handling, storage, processing/preservation, transportation, and distribution of foods.
  • focuses on building the capacity of both the public and private sectors and to strengthen the activities of the National Food Safety Control Agencies considering developments at national and international levels.
  • recognizes that food safety in the agricultural sector begins with the suppliers of agricultural inputs to farmers and those involved in food production, since materials such as pesticides, fertilizers and veterinary drugs pose different risks at unacceptable levels and therefore require specific attention.

Beyond safeguarding public health, however, globalization and international trade further underline the importance of a strong and up-to-date regulatory framework from production and through the entire supply chains. In today’s globalized world with rapid movement of persons and goods, countries heavily depend on regulations to ensure that food products imported into or exported from a nation meet basic international standards in terms of quality and safety.

This panel discusses the current state of Nigeria’s regulatory framework and the extent to which businesses are enabled to operate, grow, trade in line with national and international standards. What role does or indeed should the public vs private sector play here?

Discussion points:
  • Food Policies: Food Safety & Regulations – Nigeria’s regulatory framework
  • Trading across borders: the need for quality and standards, certifications
  • The role of vocational training school – meeting current industry demands
Confirmed speakers:
  • GIZ: Patricia Kormawah
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