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News Article | May 5, 2017

LAGOS, NIGERIA, May 05, 2017-- Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, the worlds leading publishing and exhibitions company, has announced that the second edition of the Food West Africa will take place at the Landmark Centre in Lagos, Nigeria from 17 - 19 May 2017. More than 4,500 industry professionals are expected to attend the region's largest and most prestigious food and beverage industry event that has been relocated to the state of the art Landmark Centre to accommodate the increasing scope of the show.The 2017 edition of the show is expected to outgrow the launch show by 40%, in terms of attendees, and will showcase exciting new products, services and equipment from more than 160 businesses from around the globe, up from 140 in 2016. The event will span 3,000 sqm of exhibition space and host 25 international country pavilions providing first-class opportunities to meet, network and establish business ties in Africa's largest economy - Nigeria.The event returns with a comprehensive backing from the industry's leading authorities and associations including the Association of Food Vendors in Nigeria (AFVN), the National Agency for Food and Drug (NAFDAC), NASON and Ogbaru Main Market Onitsha. According to Ryan Sanderson, Director, Informa Life Science Group, Africa: "Their continued support highlights the strength of the retail market in Nigeria, where the growing middle class is estimated to have a combined purchasing power in excess of N8.5 trillion, and the power of platforms such as Food West Africa as a tool for generating trade and strengthening business ties with the local and international retail community."According to Euromonitor International, retailing in Nigeria is expected to witness sustained growth in value sales and the changing structure from traditional to modern retailing channels will be major factors supporting this growth. Their analysts predict that convenience stores, variety stores, supermarkets and hypermarkets are predicted to be amongst the fastest growing channels, due to their offer of comfort, convenience and range, whilst in terms of non-store retailing, internet retailing is expected to post strong value growth, as the number of internet-capable devices increases and as traditional consumption habits begin to give way to a more comfortable mode of shopping.A new feature for the 2017 edition of Food West Africa is the dedicated 'Made in Nigeria' zone specifically designed for local Nigerian companies looking to increase sales and distribution of finished food products. Some of the Nigerian companies present at the show include FAB Juice, Just Food Limited, Red Bull Nigeria, Ruby Multi Links, Integrated Dairies & Euro Global Foods and Distilleries Limited to name a few.The event will also host a three-day multi-sector conference that will address the market's challenges, opportunities and solutions and will present latest modern channels of food distribution in the region, advances in food handling and logistics, updates on safety management, and regulations on importation and exportation. Regional experts from domestic and international large-scale food companies, governments, local agencies and associations will be represented and will give their insights on improved technologies and advanced measures on how to consolidate and implement better measures in food distribution retail in West Africa For more information, please visit: Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, in charge of the healthcare portfolio within Informa's Global Exhibitions division, organises 26 exhibitions yearly covering the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and US market, connecting more than 150,000 healthcare professionals worldwide and offering a range of marketing solutions for companies involved with the healthcare sector. Over 100 congresses take place in parallel with the exhibitions.Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions publishes four international healthcare magazines, offers Dothealth, a healthcare portal showcasing over 40,000 healthcare companies and runs Healthy Change, an online recruitment portal.

Adetuniji M.C.,Abeokuta Federal University of Agriculture | Adetuniji M.C.,National Agency for Food | Atanda O.O.,Lagos State University | Atanda O.O.,National Agency for Food | And 6 more authors.
European Food Research and Technology | Year: 2014

Many individuals are not only food insecure but chronically exposed to high levels of mycotoxins through their diets in many developing countries. Seventy composite samples of stored maize grains were collected from farmers' storage structures in five agro-ecological zones (AEZs) of Nigeria where maize is predominantly produced between August 2011 and February 2012. The grains were analysed for mycotoxin contamination with the liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry method and mycotoxin occurrence maps constructed from the database of the distribution of the toxins. A risk assessment was also carried out in order to provide information on the extent of human exposure to the toxins. Twelve regulated mycotoxins with negative economic and public health consequences were detected in the maize grains across the AEZs at concentrations exceeding the maximum allowable limits including AFM1 that was detected for the first time in Nigerian maize. There is a high risk of contamination of the stored grains by Nigerian consumers especially in the Derived and Southern Guinea Savannas, resulting in a national burden of between 126.85 and 38,682.29 DALYs. Intervention strategies are therefore needed across the AEZs to ensure that safe and wholesome foods are made available to the populace. © 2014 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Oluwafemi F.,Abeokuta Federal University of Agriculture | Badmos A.O.,Abeokuta Federal University of Agriculture | Badmos A.O.,National Agency for Food | Kareem S.O.,Abeokuta Federal University of Agriculture | And 2 more authors.
Mycotoxin Research | Year: 2014

Aflatoxin M1 (AFM1) in milk from 100 different herds of free-grazing cows in Abeokuta, Nigeria, was analysed by immunoaffinity column cleanup and HPLC with fluorescence detection. AFM1was found in 75 % of the samples, the toxin levels in positive samples ranged from 9.0 to 456.0 ng/l. The mean AFM1level in positive samples was 108.15 ng/l, exceeding, for example, the European Union maximum level by a factor of two. These results indicated that there is an urgent need to more closely control the milk of free-grazing cows for AFM1in order to protect the health of humans consuming milk and milk products. © 2014, Society for Mycotoxin Research and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

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