GOVERNMENT OF AKWA IBOM STATE
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT & SOLID MINERALS
HYGIENE STANDARDS FOR ‘SUYA’ AND OTHER STREET FOODS
The contamination of ‘suya’, roasted chicken and plantain; as well as other street food in Akwa Ibom State has become a major source of environmental health concern with increased cases of food-borne diseases.
Although the street food industry provides nutrition, generates income, creates employment, and contributes to the economy, the sector has remained unstructured. It is characterized by improper food handling and storage by vendors, poor environmental sanitation, and consumer apathy towards food safety precautions, even where such consumers are aware of the health risks.
Most street food are not covered and are exposed to flies, dust and other environmental elements.
Against this backdrop, it has become necessary to announce the following guidelines
1. Compulsory USE OF CLOSED GLASS BOXES FOR DISPLAY OF ‘SUYA’, ROASTED CHICKEN AND PLANTAIN, as well as other street food. This is to ensure that edible items are; at all times, kept as clean and free from contamination as possible, and adequately protected from pests and environmental contaminants.
2. All vendors of street food must have a waste basket for the disposal of generated waste to avoid indiscriminate waste disposal.
3. Street food vending is prohibited within 100 meters radius of a refuse dump site or Waste receptacle.
4. ALL STREET FOOD VENDORS MUST REGISTER with the Ministry of Environment and Solid Minerals. REGISTRATION; which is FREE -OF-CHARGE ; is to ensure proper coordination of environmental health in that sector. Requirements for registration are two passport sized Photograph and a functional telephone number(s).
These guidelines become effective July 5, 2021. Defaulters will be prosecuted; all food items seized will be deemed not fit for human consumption and destroyed.
Vendors of street foods in Akwa Ibom State; including ‘Akara, and roasted corn sellers are reminded of the importance of personal hygiene, cleanliness of utensils and equipment, and sanitary condition of vending sites. They must ensure that every food item served is prepared in hygienic conditions.
Residents and citizens are advised to avoid uncovered street foods.
A safe environment starts with you.
Let’s do it together!
For further clarification, please contact the Director of Public Education and Awareness.
0906 714 8363; 0802 354 1869.
Charles Udoh KSJI
Hon. Commissioner for Environment & Solid Minerals
Akwa Ibom State
May 06, 2021