The Honourable Minister for Health, Dr. E.O. Ehanire has launched an EatSafe project proposed by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), to support the drive for safe & nutritious foods in the country.
This was disclosed on the official Twitter account of the Federal Ministry of Health.
During the launch of the EatSafe project, titled “Evidence & Action Towards Safe, Nutritious Food in Nigeria”, Dr. Ehanire congratulated the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) for their transformative work in ensuring that safe & nutritious foods are sold across the country.
The Minister also expressed his satisfaction with the project, saying, “Having gone through the outline & objectives of the EatSafe project, I must say that I am impressed at the potential of this project to support the drive for safe & nutritious foods in the country.”
The Minister who attested to the goal of the project to being in line with NPFSIS, said
“This project also keys into the goals of the National Policy on Food Safety & its Implementation Strategy (NPFSIS) in ensuring that communication & educational tools for consumers are available to communicate vital messages about food safety”.
He further revealed that an assessment is being conducted by the ministry to improve food safety in the country.
“Our Ministry is currently conducting a nationwide assessment of Foodborne Illness Surveillance & Response System”, he said.
“This report will enable us to identify gaps & project sustainable ways through that can improve the surveillance & response system in the country”, Dr. Ehanire said.
The Minister also thanked USAID for funding the laudable project.
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is a Swiss-based foundation launched at the United Nations in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition. They Work with governments, businesses and civil society. Their aim is to transform food systems so that they deliver more nutritious foods for all people, especially the most vulnerable.
Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, GAIN has offices in countries with high levels of malnutrition: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Tanzania. To support work in those countries, they have representative offices in Denmark, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.