The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has warned food vendors at the nation’s airports against food contamination that could pose health concerns to passengers.
Captain Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu, Managing director of FAAN, said this while speaking at the inaugural World Food Day Safety awareness workshop held at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos on Tuesday.
He said FAAN will partner with the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to sanction any food vendor who sells contaminated food to airport users and passengers.
He said FAAN was raising the bar in regulating operators in the food value chain because of increasing incidence of food poisoning and contamination by passengers.
“Any food vendor found to be involved in selling any food at airports that results in poisoning or contamination will be shut.
“Operators must submit their food, personnel to medical screening. The authority was working towards achieving a decent and healthy food safety delivery within the airport environment.
“This can only be achieved if we are able to identify and control factors that mitigate against food poisoning , which threatens the welfare and survival of our staff and customers,” he said.
He stressed that it was time FAAN started to place safety standards on the hygeine of foods being sold daily at Nigeria’s airports for the sake of integrity and health reasons.
Yadudu said that in order to ensure food vendors comply with these standards, FAAN will henceforth collaborate with NAFDAC, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority ( NCAA), Port Health Services, Lagos State Safety Commission, among others.