Expert warns on dangers of eating roadside foods




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By Augusta Uchediunor


– A -based food scientist, Mr Ugochukwu Onuora, on Thursday warned Nigerians against eating foods sold by roadsides reduce the risk of lassa fever and food poisoning.
Onuora said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in that consuming foods that one did know how they were prepared, especially from roadsides, had caused avoidable deaths.
According him, with the current lassa fever scourge in the country, one can consume contaminated foods that were properly guarded against rodents, especially rats, that are the carriers.
He said that diseases that one could contract from indiscriminate consumption of roadside foods include cholera, typhoid fever, gastroenteritis and diarrhea.
Onuora said: “In recent times, many Nigerians eat outside and buy foods they sell at bus stops, motor parks and during traffic gridlocks.
“These have been processed or preserved through the standard requirements or procedures and the sellers also not be observing necessary hygiene required for such.
“Hence, there is need for caution prevent getting food poisoning.’’
He charged the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control and regulatory agencies to initiate measures to deal with the situation.
He said, “It is very important to subject food vendors to strict supervision in order to ascertain the quality of foods.
He also the Federal Government to intensify its sensitisation on lassa fever and food safety to effectively check the scourge in Nigeria.

(NAN)