The (TC ) chairman Mr Omodele Aluko giving his opening remark

To ensure the continued relevance of Standards in meeting up with market demands, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria hosted a Technical Committee (TC) meeting to deliberate, review and amend 11 Nigeria Industrial Standards (NIS) for Fats, Oils, Oil seed and Tree Nuts, for the Fats and Oil sector at its laboratory complex in Ogba, Lagos.

In his opening remarks the DG Mallam Salim Farouk who was represented by Mrs Talatu Ethan, Director North-Central zone, commended the effort of the TC for providing their expertise, technical know-how and wealth of experience in the noble assignment of drafting relevant and marketable industrial Standards for Fats and Oils related products, and also for been committed and instrumental to the development of standards for this sector.

The DG stated that based on the response from stakeholders, the meeting was convened to consider for review, important standards that are in constant demand to support the growth of our economy and by guiding producers, marketers, distributors and consumers to ensure product quality, safety and fair trade practices.

According to the DG, the review of standards is generally guided by certain principles, a key part of which is stakeholders’ involvement and participation to arrive at a consensus.

Salim, therefore, called on the committee to arrive at positive conclusions that will support local manufacture, import and export of the products as required by the standards, as consensus remains a high point in standards development.

The DG urged the TC members to see their participation as a major contribution to the growth of the Nigerian economy and wished them successful deliberations.

The Chairman of the Technical Committee, Omodele Aluko in his welcome address thanked the DG for the opportunity given to him to chair the TC meeting which is the first to be held since the Pandemic and also acknowledged the fact that there is a lot of work to be done.

Aluko, therefore, tasked all the members to make constructive contributions as there was a lot to be deliberated upon, with the issues to be discussed are focused on edible oil.

The Chairman further tasked them to endeavour to the put the country first in all the decisions to be taken and also be able to draft standards that will stand the test of time

A total of 11 standards were deliberated on, as follows ;
1. Nigerian Industrial Standard for Edible Cotton Seed Oil (NIS 389:200)
2: Nigerian Industrial Standard for Coconut Oil (NIS 387:2003)
3: Nigerian Industrial Standard for Groundnut Oil (NIS 388: 2000)
4: Nigerian Industrial Standard for Edible Palm Kernel oil (NIS 289:2000)
5: Nigerian Industrial Standard for Edible Refined Palm Oil and its forms (NIS: 230: 2000)
6: Nigerian Industrial Standard for Maize Oil (NIS 391: 2000)
7: Nigerian Industrial Standard for Edible rape-seed Oil (NIS 394: 2000)
8: Nigerian Industrial Standard for Soya Bean Oil (NIS 392: 2000)
9: Nigerian Industrial Standard for Sunflower Oil (NIS 390: 2000)
10: Nigerian Industrial Standard for Sesame Oil (NIS 393:2000)
11: Code of Practice for the Storage and Transport of Edible Fat and Oil in Bulk (Adoption CAC/ RCP 36-(2015))

The meeting had representatives from the National Agency for food and drug administration (NAFDAC), Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR), PZ Wilmar, Toseett Ltd, West Africa Soy Industries Ltd, Fortune oil Mills Nigeria LTD, Ar-Rachid Ltd, to mention but a few.

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