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NIGERIA | NAFDAC Warns Against Imported Frozen Chicken, Turkey

Taiwo Ogunmola Omilani

National Agency for Food, Drug Administration And Control (NAFDAC) has warned against the consumption of imported or smuggled frozen poultry meat, saying such chickens and turkeys have been discovered to be causative factor in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and antibiotics resistance.

NAFDAC director general, Dr Paul Orhii, who gave the warning at media briefing in Lagos, urged Nigerians to avoid imported smuggled chickens and turkeys, because they have been found to contain substances that can predispose one to kidney, liver and lung diseases as well as certain types of cancers and drug resistance- bacterial infections.

A study, titled “Prevalence, Quality and Acceptability of Frozen Poultry Meat in Major Cities in Nigeria” carried out by experts from University of Ibadan, was presented. Orhii said that patronising smuggled poultry foods do not only encourage economic sabotage.

According to him, the studies have found out that most of the smuggled chicken into Nigeria contains high level of various deadly contaminants. “Our studies have found that most of these smuggled chickens or smuggled poultry products, may be because the way they are transported or because they are not properly packaged, they contain some contaminants.

The study, which Orhii referred to, was carried out Prof. Olumide Tewe (lead researcher) ,Prof.S.S.Abiola (meat technologist), Dr.O.AAbu (nutritional enzymologist), Dr.C.I.Alarima (agriculture extensionist), Dr.O.A.Olabisi (public health specialist), Mr.S, Adelani (chief technologist) and Mr. R. A. Aromoye (administrative assistant). According to Tewe, a nutritional toxicologist, who led the research team that discovered that foreign poultry products contain harmful toxic substance, the sample for the study on “imported (smuggled) frozen poultry carcasses were obtained from wholesalers and retailers in Lagos, Ibadan, Port-Harcourt and Abuja,” and “analysed for heavy metals, microbial status and meat quality parameters.”

Published: Jun 23, 2015. By Taiwo Ogunmola Omilani
Copyright © 2015 Leadership Newspaper

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