The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted Nigerians of the prevalence of frozen poultry products and other food items preserved with formalin in some Nigerian markets.
The agency further warned Nigerians to avoid patronizing such products.
Formalin is a poisonous chemical popularly used to preserve corpses in the mortuary.
NAFDAC’s spokesman, Dr Abubakar Jimoh, on Monday in Abuja said that some unscrupulous business persons were using formalin to preserve poultry products, particularly chicken and turkey for a longer life span.
Jimoh, who explained that Formalin was capable of preserving products for weeks before getting to consumers, warned of the danger of patronizing businesses who smuggle poultry products into the country.
In his words, “NAFDAC is alerting Nigerians about this practice. There are enough poultry products in the country than to resort to frozen chicken smuggled in, despite Nigerian government’s ban.’’
Jimoh added that if smuggled products were being patronized, indigenous poultry businesses would not experience the desired growth.
Patronage of imported or smuggled products will continue to affect Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves, he noted.
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