THE Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has threatened to stop food vendors at airports nationwide if their products expose passengers and others suffer airport users to poisoning.
FAAN said it would hand over any vendor who sells stale and contaminated food to the officials of the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for probe and prosecution.
Its Managing Director, Captain Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu said at the maiden World Food Day Safety awareness workshop at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, that the authority would subject operators to routine six months medical examination to ascertain their fitness and personal hygiene.
He said the authority had to raise the bar in pre-qualification requirements for the vendors to enable them meet best global practices in the food vending value chain.
FAAN, Yadudu said, would continue to collaborate with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority ( (NCAA), NAFDAC, Port Health Services, Lagos State Safety Commission and other stakeholders to ensure that persons approved to supply food at the airports comply with world class health regulatory and environmental prerequisites.
He said vendors must be scrutinised to ensure that they meet the medical requirements and ensure that they operate in a clean environment.
He said: ”Any food vendor found to be involved in selling any food at airports that results in poisoning or contamination will be shut. All operators must submit their food, personnel to medical screening.