Members of the Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria (AMBCN) have been sensitised on food safety and management ahead of this month’s School Feeding Programme in Lagos State.

Representatives of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) tutored the bakers on standard and hygienic practice in bread production.

The programme was organised by Crown Flour Mills Limited, makers of Mama Gold Flour.

Mr. Anurag Shukla, the Managing Director of Crown Flour Mills, explained that the programme was designed to guarantee food safety ahead of the school-feeding programme and to also sensitise stakeholders.

“We are working with the association to make sure that we supply them with quality flours, we are partnering them to make sure they deliver good quality bread for the programme.

“After today’s exercise, we expect that everything they were taught by the NAFDAC and SON should be cascaded down the line, to ensure that the quality of the bread they are producing is of high standard and bromate-free,” Shukla said.

The Deputy Director, NAFDAC, Sunday Onah, identified the essential requirements for hygienic food production as: cleanliness of food contact surface, maintenance of hand-washing exercise, safety of water, personal hygiene, control of employee health conditions, and proper labeling and good storage practice.

The State Chairman of AMBCN, Alhaji Raji Omotunde, stressed the essence of the programme in producing hygienic bread for pupils’ consumption.

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