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NAFDAC: Storing Cooked Food for Over Three Days is Very Dangerous

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has issued a crucial advisory to Nigerians concerning food safety practices.

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Speaking at the 2024 World Food Safety Day event under the theme ‘Food Safety: Prepare for the unexpected,’ NAFDAC’s Director General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, emphasized the importance of refraining from storing cooked food in refrigerators for more than three days.

This cautionary advice stems from the risk of contamination by harmful pathogens that can lead to severe foodborne illnesses and even fatalities.

Adeyeye highlighted that maintaining food safety is not solely the responsibility of regulatory bodies but requires collective effort from producers to consumers.

Citing global statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), she underscored that contaminated food causes illness in one out of every ten people worldwide annually, resulting in approximately 420,000 deaths.

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Vulnerable groups, including children under five years old, are disproportionately affected.

In addition to its impact on public health, Adeyeye stressed that food safety is essential for economic development and food security.

As part of the commemoration of World Food Safety Day 2024, stakeholders across the food supply chain are urged to assess their readiness to tackle unforeseen threats to food safety in an increasingly interconnected global food network.

Adeyeye also noted the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare’s initiatives aimed at eliminating and preventing foodborne diseases, including comprehensive guidelines for surveillance and rapid response.

She challenged all stakeholders—from policymakers and food business operators to consumers—to ensure proactive measures are in place to safeguard food quality and prevent health risks.





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