The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it had started constructing Nigeria’s biggest rice mill, which it said, has the capacity to produce at least 16 metric tonnes per hour and 10,000 metric tonnes per annum.
When completed by December 2017, the state government said the rice mill would significantly help the state to actualise its strategic food security plan and was designed to end hunger.
The Special Adviser on Food Security, Mr. Ganiyu Sanni-Okanlawon said the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had awarded the contract for the construction of the rice mill with the capacity to produce 16 metric tonnes per hour, though acknowledged that the state currently has the capacity to produce 2.5 metric tonnes.
He explained that the new rice mill was part of the government’s plan to increase food supply, end the vicious trend of food shortage and equally ensure food security across the state.
The 2nd edition of Nigeria’s biggest food and drinks-themed event- the Lagos International Food and Drinks Festival will hold April 22-23, 2017 at the National Stadium, Surulere Lagos. Billed to attract thousands of visitors and media frenzy, the festival will feature a wide array of exciting activities and promises to be a lifetime experience for everyone.
Announcing the hosting of this year’s festival at the weekend, Mr. Ike Steve, the Festival Director described the festival as 2 days of diverse, all-inclusive gastronomic exploits, plus a weekend to indulge in a lifestyle where your biggest decision will be – how do I pick which activity to attend?
A sample lineup of some fun activities to expect at the festival include-
The Food Fest
Savour the taste of mouth-watering, finger-licking delicacies from the best restaurants and food vendors in Nigeria.
The Lagos Beer Festival
Get a taste of the best of Nigeria’s contemporary brews and join us in crowning the “king of Nigerian beers” (18+)
Can you taste and tell? Then come and sample a collection of the finest wines available in Nigeria.
Date: 22-23 April, 2017
Venue: National Stadium, Surulere-Lagos
Time: 9am – 10pm daily
As you may know, mouth odour can be very embarrassing and offensive. There’s nothing worse than meeting someone and realizing that your breath smells like your tuna. Why there are many causes of bad breath’ did you know that certain foods can keep your mouth fresh?
This article will cover what the common causes are and how it can be managed, especially making use of some of the foods we eat.
WebMD which is one of my favorite and informative site, simply put it that Bad breath, medically called halitosis, can result from poor dental health habits and may be a sign of other health problems.
Not brushing and flossing your teeth after meals can keep food remnants in your mouth and between teeth. Bacteria will grow on these remnant, they decay and lead to bad odor coming out of your mouth. Also poor dental hygiene can cause good amount of bad bacteria to good ones.
For healthy individuals, food odors are temporary and normal salivary flow will eliminate them within several minutes. However, those who suffer from dry mouth can not escape bad mouth odour. So let us see some ways we can eliminate it with certain types of foods.
To get started, you may want to get rid of bad bacteria in your gut first. The first step towards this is to first eliminate foods that may make mouth odour worse by causing poor balance of bacteria in your gut.
- Use Antibiotics: They not only kill bad bacteria, but also destroy the beneficial organisms in your gut. This means that you have to replace the good/beneficial microorganisms after the antibiotic treatment. So, you only need to do this when absolutely necessary.
- Fermented Foods: The next step is to eat fermented foods such as such as cheese and yoghurt, fermented vegetables (including cabbage, turnips, eggplants, carrots), and fermented soy. These cultured foods have the ability of supplying your gut with billions of beneficial bacteria.
- Sugarless candies and gum. Any snack that increases saliva flow in your mouth, like sugar-free candy or gum, will help reduce odour in your mouth. The plant essential oil that’s often used for flavouring cinnamon gums and candies, known as cinnamic aldehyde, can reduce odour-causing bacteria.
- Wet your whistle with water. A dry mouth can make your breath pretty unbearable. In some ways, water acts like artificial saliva, since it can wash away those leftover bits of garlic bread. Keep a water bottle in your workspace your colleagues will likely thank you for it.
- Green tea. Green tea contains catechin, a powerful antioxidant that can fend off bacteria — remember, bacteria causes the unwanted odor.
Taking supplements should only be done to support or compensate for a nutritionally deficient diet, as you can mainly get the nutrients your body needs from the food you eat. Probiotic supplements are a great option if you don’t consume raw organic vegetables on a daily basis.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control on Thursday said laboratory result of the suspected fake rice showed that the product was not plastic but rice contaminated with micro organisms.
The Acting Director General, NAFDAC, Yetunde Oni, said this at a news conference in conjunction with the Nigeria Customs Service in Abuja.
Oni said the seized rice was unsatisfactory and therefore unwholesome for human consumption, stressing that the consignment would be destroyed upon handover by the NCS.
She explained that the product branded ”Best Tomato”, was in 25kg bag, without NAFDAC number, batch number, date markings and details of the manufacturer.
She said that `floating’ was negative, sedimentation was positive, cooking was normal, odour was normal, colour was off-white and E-coli was within specification.
Oni called on the public to report suspicious cases about all NAFDAC regulated products to any of the offices across the nation for prompt regulatory action.
She also said that the following numbers could be contacted for enquiries: 08013630600, 09094262773 and 08033112282.
Culled from punchng
Its a seasonal period where due to the upcoming festive season, prices of food commodities would continue to be on the rise. Especially the most widely consumed staple food ”Rice”
As I was on Facebook, I noticed a video with the tag plastic rice.
Reports indicate that China produces fake rice which is mixed with plastic for exportation to African countries including Nigeria.
Plastic rice has been described as rice made from plastic. It has sometimes been reported in the media to be manufactured in China and sold into different countries in Africa
I was so interested in this story because not so long, I planned on buying a bag of rice for the house, so watching the video got me curios and scared to the point that I had to do further research on how to differentiate this.
I have not seen the plastic rice myself, I have only seen reports of it and many of them. But I only noticed that the rice is whitish, brighter in color than the natural grain rice. It also takes a long time to cook than usual. It gets hard again after you allow it to cool off before serving.
What Are Authorities Doing About It?
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) have launched a search for alleged fake/plastic rice from China which is said to have found its way into some African countries, including Nigeria.
Well, I so hope they don’t tire out in their search.
It has come to the notice of consumers that 91.1% of Tomato paste sold in the market are substandard.
This information is coming from the Tomato pastes manufacturers in the country who told the House of Representatives Joint Committees on Healthcare Services and Drugs and Narcotics that over 91.1 percent of tomato pastes in the country were fake. Some of the tomato pastes manufacturing companies that attended the public hearing were Dangote Farms, Erisco Foods Limited and Savanna Farms.
At the meeting, the House has condemned the alleged importation of dangerous killer tomato pastes imported into the country and promised to carry out investigations into the matter. Meanwhile, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has fined the Erisco Foods what it called administrative charge of N1 million for an alleged unauthorised advertisement of Erisco range of products without getting clearance and approval from the agency.
In his submission, the legal adviser of Erisco Foods, Abdulraham Kadri told the committee that the company, alongside Dangote Farms and Savanna Farms, were not at the public hearing because of the financial damage substandard and fake tomato pastes had caused the country.
The minister of State, Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, said African countries have become dumping ground for poisonous food which are imported.
Lokpobiri made the assertion during a press conference at the weekend that the food that passes through the border between Benin Republic and Nigeria are mostly deadly food. Benin Republic people don’t even eat them but allow those commodities to come into our country.
He said “The frozen chicken contains formalin preservation used for corpses, and the bags of rice from Asia have been in their warehouses for more than 15 years, and have lost nutritional value, which they ship down to Nigerians and other African countries to eat.”
He also maintained that the Buhari-led administration will not accept that again in Nigeria, rather will massively invest in the sector and depend on local food producers and processors, because it will be good for the health of Nigerians and save huge money spent on food importation.
The Nigerian cashew nut industry is in need of NGN100 billion (USD500.73 mln) to boost production and subsequently increase foreign exchange earnings.
President of the National Cashew Association of Nigeria (NCAN), Pastor Babatola Faseru, has said, he recommended providing high-yielding seedlings to farmers and offering mechanism support.
Faseru said currently, Cashew provides a livelihood for more than 300,000 families with 175,000 tonnes of estimated production for the year.
See more information about the health benefits of Cashew nuts
For those who have been waiting for the next competition, here it is. Cowbell National Secondary Schools competition is here again! This year, in the month of march, who will emerge the winner?
The winners of the Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz Show in both Junior and Senior categories will be going home with a whooping sum of N1 Million EACH.
2nd and 3rd place winners will get 750,000 and 500,00 cash prize respectively.
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KFC Kenya and South African sea food restaurant, Ocean Basket, have partnered with Hellofood to sell food online. According to Hellofood it will now deliver food bought from the two restaurants on its online platform to customers across Nairobi.
More and more people have realised that they can order for food online from their mobile phones or computers and have it delivered to their office as they work. According to MD, Hellofood, Duncan Muchangi he said ”We are happy to partner with KFC and Ocean Basket to continue to offer this convenience.”
In line with the partnership, both food chains will be looking to maximise on sales by tapping into the robust online market fuelled by a young tech savvy generation and a rapidly ballooning middle class in the country.