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The Food Industry in Nigeria: Development and Quality Assurance

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Author(s): M.C. Ojinnaka

Journal: Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
ISSN 1680-5194

Volume: 10;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 589;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Food industry | quality assurance | Nigeria | TQM | computerized systems

ABSTRACT
In Nigeria, the food processing sector is dominated by small and medium enterprises, as well as multinational food companies. Quality standards are usually related to improving the safety of food products suitable for consumption in accordance to specifications by food regulatory bodies. These standards are essential elements for local and international businesses which contribute to economic progress through industrial development and trade. This review takes a critical look on the Nigerian food industry development in terms of quality standards that are necessary to be given consideration in the production of food and also ways of improving food production in Nigeria through the use of Total Quality Management (TQM) technique and the use of computerized systems to produce high quality and high value products while at the same time reducing production time and cost.
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