Nestlé’s factories globally, including Tema in Ghana and Agbara in Nigeria have trained over 56, 000 farmers to produce grains. Between 2008 and 2009, the company trained more than 10,000 farmers were trained and in 2014, the number increased to 56,000 farmers.
Head, Technical for Nestlé in the Central and West Africa region, Jean-Luc De Vuyst, who dropped the hint, said the decision to train the farmers was based on the fact that food safety is vital to Nestlé.
He also said, Nestlé worldwide uses advanced technology to test for harmful microorganisms and substances, stressing that over 100 million tests are done annually on its products, including 1.5 million for salmonella.
“Thanks to this initiative, local crops now meet these strict specifications and are being used in the production of our infant cereals like Cerelac and family cereals like Golden Morn.
As the world’s leading nutrition, health and Wellness Company, we aim to ensure that our food and beverages are as safe as possible for our consumers, at all stages of our supply chain’’, he stated.
According to him, people may not realise the rigorous controls and checks that products go through before they are safe to buy and consume, saying whether they produce simple or sophisticated products, the challenge is still the same, especially when it comes to food safety.
Food safety, he listed includes ways and actions to handle, prepare and store food to prevent contamination and food-borne illnesses, disclosing that food borne infections are often caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances that can enter people’s bodies through contaminated food or water.
‘’Food borne bacteria or pathogens like salmonela or listeria often affect vulnerable people such as children, pregnant women and the elderly.’’
(Source – http://www.blackseagrain.net/novosti/nestle-trains-56-000-farmers-on-grain-production)