Lagos Alerts on Contaminated Poultry

Lagos State government has warned residents in the metropolis against consuming exhumed and contaminated chicken and turkey parts currently in circulation in the state, as they pose serious health risk to humans.

According to Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Toyin Suarau, these imported contaminated poultry were seized by men of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, in Badagry, but were later exhumed after being destroyed by some unscrupulous individuals with intent to sell same to unsuspecting consumers.

Suarau, who disclosed this at the weekend while receiving officials of National Orientation Agency, NOA, who came on the directive of the Federal Government to appeal for support on how to sensitise the teeming populace in Lagos on the danger posed by this act, noted that these exhumed poultry are poisonous and could lead to death if eaten.

The commissioner said the imported poultry were preserved with chemicals like formalin, which is poisonous, and could lead to slow death.

Suarau noted that aside being poisonous, the poultry products are not as nutritious as freshly processed poultry because imported poultry have been preserved for months and years with dangerous substances.

The commissioner, while restating the state government’s commitment towards ensuring food security for its residents, vowed that the government will not relent in its quest to improve the quality of life of citizens, adding that health and wellbeing of residents was cardinal in the policy thrust of government.

Suarau, however, disclosed that the Lagos State government will work in collaboration with the Federal Government to ensure the sensitisation exercise was successful.

Similarly, Special Adviser to the Governor on Food Security, Okanlawon Sanni, said the State Ministry of Agriculture will assist in mobilising and sensitising its poultry farmers and members of the public to be their brothers’ keeper and be alert to happenings around them.

He stressed that the populace, especially those at the grassroots, would be involved in the advocacy and sensitisation campaign on the dangers of consuming these contaminated produce.

Earlier, Deputy Director NOA, John Emah, said the agency in collaboration with Lagos State government is set to be begin programme to draw attention of the public to the dangers inherent in buying and consuming these poultry produce.



Source: National Mirror Nigeria

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