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Food fraud is one of the most urgent and active food research and regulatory areas. It is an evolving problem in Nigeria that has led to the deaths of many people especially the vunerable groups that includes mostly children, the elderly and immunocomprised persons. Therefore the aim of this study is to investigate the current challenges of food fraud in Nigeria, identify the risks it poses on the health and wellbeing of Nigerians and propose measures to tackle food fraud at local and international levels by regulatory and government agencies. This study explored the relationship between food fraud, food security and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This study is relatively new as it has never been carried out before so it relied on information from previous research articles, journals and publications. A total of 68 participants from the general public took part in this study and some key officers from the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) were interviewed to obtain their opinions on the current state of food fraud in Nigeria.The findings revealed common foods being adulterated in Nigeria are mostly fats and oils, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and honey. Poverty, corruption and poor food safety and control systems were identified throughout this study. The study concluded by reviewing several policy framework and actions taken by the Nigerian government to proffer solutions that can actualise the goals of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Opia, J. E. (2020). Food fraud in NIgeria: challenges, risks and solutions. Masters dissertation. Technological University Dublin. doi:10.21427/nm91-rk58