Food scientists want law to standardise industry enacted

Posted by Adaora Anozie

On February 4, 2015

Lagos, Jan. 28, 2015(NAN) The Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) has urged the government to sign into law the Nigeria Food Science and Technology bill for standardisation of the industry and products.

The National President of the institute, Dr Chijioke Osuji, made appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos.

He said the bill if passed into law would create opportunity for the establishment of spices industry which would be run by professionals.

“There is an urgent need for the country to put in place a legal framework to regulate the training and practice of food science and technology profession.

“If the bill is passed into law, establishing industries for spices will be easier because they will not operate without having professionals for quality and proper processing,’’ Osuji said.

He also said that the bill when passed into law would regulate the practice, code and conduct of the professionals and spell out who is qualified to be in food technology business.

“This will enable the definition and the upholding of professional standards of competence, integrity and ethical behaviour among practitioners in line with international best practices,’’ he said.

The NIFST national president called for synergy among stakeholders in the food value chain, saying that it would aid in the growth of the industry.

He said that what existed in the industry among stakeholders was a voluntary involvement and that it would become a mandatory involvement when there is a law in place.

NAN reports that NIFST is the professional body representing food scientists and technologists that strive to promote food security in Nigeria.

They also promote the development and application of science and technology to every aspect of Food. (NAN)

culled from News Agency of Nigeria