The National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has advised restaurant owners and other food vendors to ensure periodic replacement of their utensils.
The agency’s Coordinator in Jigawa, Mr Abdulsalam Lawal, gave the advice during an interview in Dutse on Tuesday.
Lawal also called on them to keep their premises in hygienic condition to avoid contamination.
He added that restaurant operators should also ensure that they carry out periodic medical check on their food handlers, adding “they should also ensure that food handlers used aprons, head gears and mouth masks while on duty’’.
This, the coordinator said, would prevent hair, cough or sneeze from entering into the food they serve customers.
Besides, he urged them to cut their nails to the lowest level, so that it will not harbour germs which could easily be transferred into food.
Lawal said the agency periodically embarks on unscheduled inspections to enforce regulations and sanction erring restaurant owners.
He assured that the agency would not relent in its efforts to ensure that food from restaurants is safe and clean for public consumption.