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NAFDAC Impounds 120 Tons Of Imported Ponmo, Arrest Seven Suspect

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National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has intercepted 120 tons of imported chemical-laden animal hides and skins popularly known as ‘Ponmo’.

In a statement released on Sunday, the agency said the large quantities of dangerous ‘Ponmo’ were intercepted at six different locations in Lagos.

The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said that seven suspects allegedly involved in the act are currently under investigation.

She added that samples of the products have been sent to the laboratory for testing to ascertain the products’ quality and unwholesomeness.

“The street value of the product currently intercepted is estimated to be around N25.330m only.  NAFDAC wishes to advise consumers and retailers of ‘Ponmo’ not to patronize importers of hides and skins for consumable animal skins,’’ she said.

Adeyeye said that the hides are pre-treated with industrial chemicals which are not of food-grade and are toxic and injurious to human health.

She added that health hazards inherent in the consumption of such animal hides include risk of liver, kidney and heart damage, increased risk of aplastic anaemia, central nervous system toxicity, and cancer, amongst several others.

The NAFDAC DG said the agency’s investigation and enforcement officials carried out intelligence gathering around certain locations where the alleged products were being warehoused and sold.

The NAFDAC boss added that preliminary investigation revealed that some of the hides and skins were imported illegally and sometimes diverted to some merchants of death who re-process the hides and skins and further sell them as consumable ‘Ponmo’ to the public.

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