Dietician,Mr.John Tehinse,has warned people against cooking moi-moi and other foods in nylons or cellophane bags as it produced dioxins,a toxic substance which can cause cancer.Tehinse issue out warning on Tuesday in llorin kawara state capital,in an awareness campaign on food safety organised by the food safety awareness campaign initiatives,funded by European union.
Moi-moi is one of Nigerian steamed bean pudding made from mixture of washed and peeled black-eyed peas,onions and fresh ground peppers.
It is rich in proteins,staple food in Nigeria and it has it origin in west Africa.
In the lecture which was entitled:”food safety control system in Nigeria”,he also explained in details that cooking moin-moi,a local delicacy of beans pudding,which was tie in nylon had become widespread while people were unaware of the dangers.
This food safety expert said that nylon or cellophane bags which produces dioxins when heated up in fire,adding “it is a group of chemically-related compounds that are persistent in environmental pollutants (PoPs)”,
Tehinse further warned that dioxins are highly toxic to human health and could cause reproductive and development problems,it damage the immune system,interfere with hormones and also cause cancer.
He also went further by advising people to use the traditional leaves to cook the food.
This dietician also called for good food practices in Nigeria and urged restaurant owners to look at the Business as public service.
” Food business is not just for money making but to protect public health and ensure the services that there offering to consumers is safe first “,he said.(NAN)