Folake Henshaw, a Professor of Food Technology at the Department of Food Science and Human Ecology, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, has warned against “many risks associated with street food”.
She said this at an event organised by the Lagos State chapter, Nigeria Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST), on Tuesday, June 18 in Lagos.
At the event tagged ‘Food Safety Enlightenment – Strategies for Safe and Wholesome Street Food’, Henshaw cited poor environmental sanitation, inappropriate waste disposal system and lack of potable water as some of the elements bedevilling food safety in Nigeria.
“There are many risks associated with street food which can have unhygienic vending practices, inappropriate storage of food, and also the use of contaminated water.
“When people stop patronising roadside food vendors, it will save them a whole lot of money spent on treating unnecessary ailments,” she said.