Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Eating out!

Food business is definitely a very good and lucrative business. This is because, no matter what, people MUST eat! At some point, we have eaten out, even if it is not in the beautifully furnished food outlets. In Nigeria, there are local joints, popularly known as "bukas". There are several bukas in Lagos, even in the high class areas, and these joints enjoy great patronage from executives to clerks. Another local joint is the beer parlour, where "isi ewu" (a local dish made from goat meat) or cat fish pepper soup are served with the beer.

How many times have we stopped to wonder the source of that food we eat outside our homes? Have we ever seen how the food we eat is prepared? Have we ever imagined how these food or ingredients are preserved? How clean or healthy is the food you eat, particularly outside your home?

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC), the regulatory body for food and drug matters in Nigeria had been visiting ALL fast food joints in Nigeria, with a view to ensuring compliance with the Good Hygienic Practice.

This recent activity which commenced October 2009, is a welcome development, considering that in the past, NAFDAC paid more attention to drugs and cosmetics. So far, the mighty hand of NAFDAC had fallen on some big players in the fast food business for carrying out their business under "unhygienic conditions". The first was Sweet Sensation. According to the news, the NAFDAC inspectors were shocked to discover that the source of water for the outlet was a borehole located close to an underground concrete sewage . . .

Hmmmm! Then some weeks ago, another fast food outlet was sealed. This time around, it was Tetrazzini. The vivid description of the entire premises made me sick. Imagine storing "fresh fish in deep freezers that were not properly functional. . ." or water pipes "leaking with algae growth and cobwebs around them . . ."

NAFDAC, please continue this exercise. Pay surprise visits to these outlets and please continue to make your findings public.

9 comments:

Rita said...

Hmmm...this is scary, especially for us that have to eat out during lunch...

Rita said...

It is indeed a good initiative that we have an organization to take care of food...

Dee! said...

You can say that again! It is really scary!

cosmopolitandiva said...

God bless NAFDAC for doing this. I'm the kind of person that either eats at corporate rice or a full buka or at a proper fancy restaurant if not i'd just wait till a get home, i hate all those in between places for this reason. when i moved back i was eating only home food and TFC for like 6 months and I got typhoid 4 good times. terrible!

Dee! said...

Cosmo, yes o! God bless NAFDAC! But wait o, you mean you got typhoid 4 good times!? That is too much ke. No wonder you have stopped eating out. I no blame you sha!

Thanks for visiting!

Suru said...

This is gross! It's good to see them doing something though

Pink Satin said...

scary, but the truth is that many Nigerians cook and eat under the same sanitary conditions in their homes...as in do we know the algae growing in our own water pipes...etc etc

Afronuts said...

Whaaat!!! Did you say sweet sensation? UUUrrggh!! And to think I used to like their sandwich...

Thanks for the info oh. You certainly can't judge a food joint by the food they sell.

This is really eye opening! Even some bukas that cook food in the premises where they sell seem neater.

Dee! said...

I know how you feel Afronuts! I felt like that too! UURRGGH!

I have since curbed my urge to eat out. lol!

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