120 tons of imported chemical-laden animal hides and skins, known as ponmo, has been captured by the operatives of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of NAFDAC in a statement clarified that the large quantities of dangerous ‘Ponmo’ were blocked at six unique areas in Lagos.

According to her, examination has initiated on seven speculates engaged with the unlawful demonstration.

She further clarified that samples of the products have been shipped off the laboratory for testing to learn the products’ quality and unhealthiness.

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Adeyeye affirmed that, “The street value of the product currently intercepted is estimated to be around N25.330m only.”

She encouraged Nigerians to be cautious while purchasing ‘Ponmo’, and furthermore educated consumers and retailers with respect to the product not to belittle shippers of hides and skins for consumable animal skins.

The Director-General of NAFDAC believed that the hides are pre-treated with modern chemicals that are not of food-grade but rather are toxic and injurious to human health.

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She accepted that the health hazards intrinsic in the utilization of such animal hides included risk to liver, kidney and heart harm, adding that it builds the risk of aplastic anaemia, central nervous system toxicity, and cancer, amongst several others.

She urged the general public to be extremely cautious and exercise circumspection while buying animal hides, ‘ponmo’, and to be sure other food items, saying that NAFDAC is completely alive to her obligations of guaranteeing wellbeing, healthiness, and nature of handled food sources made available for purchase to general society.

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