The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has warned of the health danger of formalin, which is in popular use for the preservation of poultry products and other frozen food items.
Formalin is a poisonous chemical popularly used to preserve the human body in mortuaries. It is capable of preserving such products for weeks before they get to consumers.
Spokesperson of NAFDAC, Dr. Abubakar Jimoh, said that some people, whom he referred to as unscrupulous business owners, had been using formalin to preserve poultry products, chicken and turkey, in particular.
“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,” Jimoh said.
The NAFDAC spokesperson also called the attention of consumers to the economic import of patronizing business owners who smuggle poultry products into the country.
Jimoh also cautioned of the economic import of patronizing smuggled poultry products, noting that indigenous poultry farmers and marketers would not grow as a consequence.