- August 20, 2019
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This according to the committee, is also to facilitate the certification of existing cereals and cereal products in the market and guarantee Consumers value for money.
According to the Codex Alimentarius Commission, cereals are traditional breakfast meals especially for children, made from processed cereal grains or any grass cultivated for the edible components.
The Commission said further that processed cereal-based foods are prepared primarily from one or more milled grains, which should constitute at least 25% of the final mixture on a dry weight basis.
Declaring the meeting open, Director General SON, Osita Aboloma Esq. explained thus “developing the Standards is a means of improving wellness and providing nutritional diet for both the old and young”.
He stated that cereals are identified in different forms and grouped according to the grains used in its production, contents, as well as the processes used in creating a wholesome and acceptable product.
Represented by the Director, Standards Development, Mrs Chinyere Egwuonwu the DG SON enumerated various specifications for the different kinds of cereals and stated that the development of the various standards are sacrosanct to the actualisation of healthy eating.
Cornflakes (obtained from maize flour or maize grit), Rice Crispy, also called Pops (a crunchy product made from a mixture of Rice Flour and other ingredients by extrusion, cooking, drying and toasting of the extruded paste,and cut into desired shapes), Oatmeal (derived from cereal grain oat (Avena Sativa) and Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal (a staple food of carefully selected whole grain oat which is low in saturated fat and cholesterol in order to reduce the risk of heart diseases).
Participants at the TC meeting include representatives natives of Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria (IPAN); Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO); National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Promasidor.