- Nigerians have been warned to stop eating frozen chicken and Turkey over issues with their preservation
- According to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), some of these foods are preserved with formalin
- Also, the agency said that the patronage of imported or smuggled products would also continue to negatively affect Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves
Nigerians have been asked to stop eating frozen chicken and turkey. The call was made by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Business Day reports.
The agency urged Nigerians to shun frozen poultry products and other food items preserved with formalin.
Formalin is a poisonous chemical popularly used to preserve the human body in mortuaries. This was disclosed by NAFDAC’s spokesman, Dr. Abubakar Jimoh.
Formalin is capable of preserving such products for weeks before they get to consumers, he warned, The Nation added.
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“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.
He also called the attention of consumers to the economic impact of patronising business owners who smuggle poultry products into the country.
Jimoh said the patronage of imported or smuggled products would continue to negatively affect Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves.
Nigerian man gives out frozen chicken
Meanwhile, a Nigerian man living in Canada identified as Yinka Farinde has shown that Christmas should be all about showing love to people.
Through his foundation, Yinka Farinde Foundation, the Nigerian man gave out boxes of frozen chicken to those who need it for the Christmas celebration.
He said the giveaway was for those living in Toronto, Canada, only. Facebook users took to the comment section of the post and expressed gratitude to Farinde for his kind gesture.
Food prices soar in Lagos market, beans now 75k, 80K
In another report, following the inflation rate in the country in recent months, occasioned by the pandemic and worsened by insecurity, the present increment in the cost price of beans has become worrisome for both traders and the buyers in the state.
In Lagos state, some major markets which offer great prices to buyers daily, are not left out this period as they tend to suffer major blows in food availability as well as supply, resulting to a hike in the prices of goods they offer for sale.
At the market, there is a hike in the cost price of goods. Some are increasing daily and others maintain stability in prices. Surprisingly, there’s a reduction in the cost price of garri, an item that was very expensive earlier.