CSOs urge FG to revisit National Food Safety Bill

In order to successfully guide the nation’s food systems and nutrition landscape, a number of Civil Society Organizations have urged the Federal Government to review the National Food Safety Bill.

The Third-Party Advocacy Campaign involves the participation of CSOs such as the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center, E-Health Africa, National Economic Summit Group (NESG), and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition.

The call was contained in a communique issued at the end of a two-day retreat themed, ‘Retreat on Food Fortification, Workforce Nutrition, and Food Systems Transformation’ held for relevant committees in the National Assembly.

It was reported  that the retreat was aimed at equipping members of NASS with the knowledge and tools necessary to develop and implement effective policies and bills to drive food fortification.

It was also meant to drive workforce nutrition and sustainable food systems transformation to improve the health and economic well-being of the Nigerians.

The communiqué stated, “The National Food Safety Bill should be revisited by a five-member Committee, two members in the Senate (Health and Agriculture), three members in the House of Representatives (NAFDAC, Agriculture – Food Production, and Nutrition), and with GAIN providing technical assistance; to address gaps and conflicts in the Bill and champion it through legislative processes.

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