NIGERIA – Belfoods, an indigenous food producing and processing company, has launched its operation in Nigeria with a focus of offering quality indigenous food products in the local market.

The promoter of the brand, Rekhia Abu, said that the company, through its products, seeks address major issues in the country’s food industry by strengthening the quality systems of food offered to the Nigerian market

“Belfood presently boasts of different range including garri, plantain flour, yam flour, poundo yam, odourless fufu, noravita, cassava flour, corn meal, beans flour and cassava grits.

“As a safety conscious organisation, we are committed to healthy and all natural foods produced under strict hygienic conditions. 

“We have set up a top class processing facility for the processing of our raw materials and presently, we have farms of over 3500acres, from where we cultivate plants like-  cassava, plantain, maize , cashew, soya beans and pepper,” she said

She tasked the government on sensitisation of the public on food hygiene, adding that this was important to arrest the scourge of food borne diseases that affects about 200,000 people annually, reports This Day.

She observed that it was critical to reinforce efforts of enhancing food safety in the country through creating awareness on food safety systems across all stages including food processing, storage, distribution, transportation and preparations.

According to Abu, the company saw an existing gap in the country’s food safety system emanating from processing and preservation hence its entrance into the space to address food safety concerns at an industrial level.

“We know the hazards that come with additives and preservatives and so, we make bold to say that our products are without additives and preservative. 

“We have been able to differentiate our brand in the market by carefully keeping to standards in all that we do. 

“Five of our products have NAFDAC certifications already   while others are still undergoing processing,” she said.

She also called for more interventions in the agriculture sector including incorporation of technology in improving the quality of agricultural outputs and make it cheaper to access.