Stakeholders seek accreditation of more aflatoxin testing centres

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (ITTA)

By ORKULA SHAAGEE, Abuja –

Participants at a recent food convergence innovation stakeholders convention, have charged the Federal Government to quickly set in motion the process of accrediting more testing centres for rapid screening of aflatoxins contamination in crop samples.

They made the call in communique issued at the end of a three-day conference held in Abuja.

The communique, which was jointly signed by Dr. Titilayo Folade and Prof. Lateef Sanni, also emphasized the need for improved data curation and generation for relevant indices for incorporation into a digital platform for use by national stakeholders, so as to assist in mapping of risks, identification of appreciate interventions per region.

The stakeholders also said there was urgent need for data generation on exposure levels from human tissues towards appreciations and tracking of interventions in aflatoxin management.

Participants also noted that a food convergence is critical for the sustainable management of aflatoxins nationally to curb the crisis caused by the natural toxin.

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