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NAFDAC cautions consumers against smuggled frozen chicken containing ‘formalin’

*The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control urges the Nigerian consumers to avoid eating smuggled poultry products as they contain toxic substances harmful to human health

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As part of its mandate to safeguard the health of consumers in the country, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned Nigerians against consuming frozen poultry products smuggled into the country.

Abubakar Jimoh, Spokesman of the health regulatory agency, who disclosed this  in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria Monday, October4, 2021, in Abuja, FCT, said food items, such as frozen poultry products are usually preserved with ‘formalin’.

The NAFDAC Spokesman urged the Nigerian consumers to avoid them, stating that such products contain toxic substances that harmful to human health.

Formalin has been described as a form of formaldehyde, which is a chemical added as a preservative for laboratory specimens and corpses.

IT is said to be unsuitable for human consumption as it could cause cancer.

Jimoh stressed that formalin is used to preserve smuggled frozen poultry products such as chicken and turkey, and should be avoided.

“NAFDAC is alerting Nigerians about this practice. There are enough poultry products in the country than to resort to frozen chicken smuggled in, in spite of the Nigerian government’s ban,’’ he said.

The spokesman noted if smuggling practices are not discouraged, the growth of indigenous poultry farmers and marketers will be negatively affected in Nigeria.

Patronising smuggled products will also affect the country’s foreign exchange reserves, he said.

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