- NAFDAC has warned Nigerians to apply caution in their consumption of hides and skins known as ponmo
- The agency's boss, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, noted that about 120 tons of the product which has been declared deadly were recently intercepted in Lagos
- Adeyeye added that the street value of the impounded products was not less than N25.330 million
According to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), about 120 tons of chemical-laden animal hides and skins fondly called ponmo have been imported into Nigeria.
The director-general of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, who made the disclosure recently stated that samples of the harmful product have been taken to the agency's laboratories for testing.
In a message warning Nigerians to beware of the meat at the moment, Adeyeye revealed that the street value of the product currently intercepted is estimated to be around N25.330 million, The Cable added.
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In her message, the professor said:
“The general public is hereby encouraged to be very vigilant and exercise discretion when purchasing animal hides ponmo and indeed other food items.
“NAFDAC is fully alive to her responsibilities of assuring the safety, wholesomeness, and quality of processed foods offered for sale to the public."
She added that the animal skins were smuggled into the country and sold to merchants who reprocess them with dangerous chemicals and afterwards distribute to consumers.
Rivers government discovers truckload of substandard ponmo in Nigeria
Meanwhile, Nigerians were at the mercy of criminal-minded entrepreneurs who were bent on making money at all costs.
This was the case of some arrested people who were caught with a truckload of suspected substandard animal hide, popularly called ponmo.
The Rivers state government intercepted the substandard ponmo in Onne, Eleme local government area of the state.
I sold ponmo for 8 years & bought 2 cars for myself, market woman narrates
In another development, Helina, a Ghanaian market woman had revealed that she was able to buy two cars from selling cowhide popularly called ponmo.
In an interview, the woman said the cars are only some of the many things she was able to get for herself over the eight years she has sold the goods, as there is more that she cannot disclose on camera.