The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned most of the people to watch out of the consumption of animal hides, generally known as Ponmo.
A statement signed by the Director General (DG) of the company, Mrs Mojisola Adeyeye, said that the majority of these animal hides had been meant for industrial use.
Adeyeye added that some of the animal hides had been pre-treated with industrial chemical substances, which weren’t of meals grade and had been poisonous and injurious to human well being.
According to the her, investigations have revealed that some corporations legally imported hides from nations like Lebanon and Turkey, whereas majority of the product had been smuggled into the nation by means of the porous borders.
“The Management of NAFDAC needs to make use of this medium to alert most of the people and particularly customers of animal hides popularly generally known as Ponmo on the actions of some unscrupulous enterprise males and merchants.
“These imported animal hides are meant for industrial use by leather-based industries for the manufacturing of gadgets corresponding to sneakers, bag, belt and others.
“Health hazards inherent within the consumption of such animal hides embody danger of liver, kidney and coronary heart injury, elevated danger of Aplastic anaemia, central nervous system toxicity, most cancers and lots of extra,’’ she stated.
The DG additionally stated dwell inventory farmers had been additionally suggested to notice that industrial animal hides couldn’t be used to fabricate animal feed.
“The related chemical substances can be saved within the tissues of these animals and can finally find yourself in people when consumed with the attendant results.
“NAFDAC, due to this fact, encourage most of the people to be vigilant and train discretion when buying animal hides, PONMO and certainly different meals gadgets,’’ Adeyeye stated within the statement.
She said that NAFDAC was absolutely alive to its duties of assuring the protection, wholesomeness and high quality of processed meals provided on the market to the general public.
“The company has elevated the tempo of focused and aggressive routine and unannounced inspections to observe actions of animal disguise retailers
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