NAFDAC warns Nigerians to Avoid Frozen Meat when it was revealed that meet vendours uses formalin to preserve the meats before selling to consumers. Formalin, a poisonous chemical popularly used to preserve the human body in embalmment mortuaries.
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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) issued a general warning to Nigerians to avoid consuming frozen poultry products like turkey and chicken meat. The agency also warned Nigerians against the consumption of and any other food items that have been preserved with a preservative called formalin.
This general public notice was made known through NAFDAC’s spokesman, Dr. Abubakar Jimoh, in an interview with New Agency of Nigeria – NAN. Dr. Abubakar said unscrupulous business owners had been using formalin to preserve poultry products, like chicken and turkey, due tom it high rate of demand. He also disclosed that Formalin is capable of preserving such products for weeks before they get to consumers, and warned Nigerians to stop buying such poultry products as they are no longer good for the human body.
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In his words;
“NAFDAC is alerting Nigerians to this practice. There are enough poultry products in the country than to resort to frozen chicken smuggled in, despite Federal Government’s ban,”
The NAFDAC spokesman also called the attention of consumers to the economic import of patronizing business owners who smuggle poultry products into the country. He noted that if such patronage continued, indigenous poultry farmers and marketers would not grow as desired, as the money spent on smuggled products would only go to producers of the products.