By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) has urges the federal government to increase awareness on the dangers of consuming foods in high trans fats.
Executive Director CAPPA , Akinbode Oluwafemi made the disclosure at a press briefing to mark 2020 World Food Day in Abuja.
Oluwafemi who was represented by Director Programs, CAPPA, Philip Jakpor said the cooperation is calling on the governing council of National Food Drug and Administration Control (NAFDAC) to speedily approve the guidelines and regulations on the use of fat and oil.
“We need awareness on prepackaged foods, water and ice labelling which has strong provisions on trans fat”.
He said compelling the oils and fats and fast -food industry to compel wth global best practices in relation to trans fats in the processing of their products.
Speaking on the theme; ‘Grow, Nourish, Sustain, Together,’ reminds us of sharing responsibility.
“We can make it happen when we work together. We make bold to say that trans fat -free Nigeria is possible and it is time to speed up the process to check the trans fats time bomb”.
He also stated that a well publicized report some weeks ago re-echoed what we said over time.
“We alerted that more Nigerians are now getting heart attack and strokes from consumption of imported vegetable oil that have high trans fat content”.
Also, in his address Project Adviser for TFA Elimination, Network for Health Equity and Development (NHED), Dr. Jerome Mafeni called on government employee, private business men, NGO, staff, journalists, to join in the campaign train to spread call for action through activities and events.