The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has cautioned the overall population to be cautious about the utilization of creature stows away, known as Ponmo.
An announcement marked by the Director-General (DG) of the organization, Mrs Mojisola Adeyeye, states that the greater part of these creature stows away are intended for modern use.
Adeyeye included that a portion of these creature stows away were pre-treated with modern synthetic compounds, which were not of nourishment grade and were poisonous and damaging to human wellbeing.
As indicated by her, examinations have uncovered that a few organizations lawfully imported avoids nations like Lebanon and Turkey, while larger part of the item were carried into the nation through the permeable fringes.
“The Management of NAFDAC wishes to use this medium to alert the general public and in particular consumers of animal hides popularly known as Ponmo on the activities of some unscrupulous business men and traders.
“These imported animal hides are meant for industrial use by leather industries for the manufacturing of items such as shoes, bag, belt and others.
“Health hazards inherent in the consumption of such animal hides include risk of liver, kidney and heart damage, increased risk of Aplastic anaemia, central nervous system toxicity, cancer and many more,’’ she said.
The DG likewise said live stock ranchers were additionally encouraged to take note of that modern creature covers up couldn’t be utilized to produce creature feed.
“The associated chemicals will be stored in the tissues of these animals and will eventually end up in humans when consumed with the attendant effects.
“NAFDAC, therefore, encourage the general public to be vigilant and exercise discretion when purchasing animal hides, PONMO and indeed other food items,’’ Adeyeye said in the statement.
She expressed that NAFDAC was completely alive to its duties of guaranteeing the security, healthiness and nature of prepared sustenances offered available to be purchased to the general population.
“The agency has increased the tempo of targeted and aggressive routine and unannounced inspections to monitor activities of animal hide merchants.
“This is to ensure that only food grade animal hide, PONMO, is sold as food article in the markets,’’ NAFDAC head added.