Poisonous industrial “ponmo’ discovered in Ogun markets.

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Ogun state government has raised alarm about influx In its market places of poisonous “Ponmo” (cattle hides and skins) that are inedible but for industrial purposes.
‎The state government observed its influx in the markets across the state and noted that those are imported ponmo that had been treated with poisonous chemicals and are strictly for leather-made works.

Consequently, the state’s ministry of agriculture is collaborating with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC), and together, have commenced investigation as well a trail of the importer.

‎Ronke Sokefun, Commissioner for  Agriculture, said some unscrupulous businessmen were taking advantage of the gap in demand and supply of cattle hides and skin used in preparing local dishes popularly called ‘Ponmo’, adding that such businessmen had hijacked some markets and had started selling industrial ‘Ponmo’  treated with the tanning chemicals to the unsuspecting public in the state .

She explained that such “ponmo is imported and is often brownish-black, foul-smelling, abnormally thick with layered sections and ridiculously cheap in price compared to the certified ponmo.

Sokefun said the cattle hides and skin are raw hides that are meant for leather production from foreign African and European countries like Sudan, Italy and Japan.

“Tanning chemicals like biocides and fungicides are added along the processing chain to preserve the hides against protein degradation, bacteria and mould growth that would have damaged the hides and skin.

“The raw hides are later processed  into the local relish called “Ponmo” liked by all and bought by unsuspecting members of the public for consumption.

“The government, being aware of the health implication of the consumption of this imported hides and skin, considers it important to enlighten the public on the danger inherent in the consumption and prevent further sales of the product as food of animal origin in the state.

She disclosed strategic liaisons with the public health department of the Ministry of health and all environmental health department of local government councils to confiscate such Ponmo at our various markets.

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