The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) yesterday said it intercepted 120 tons of dangerous animal hides and skin popularly known as ponmo with seven merchants of the deadly product in Lagos.
The Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye warned the general public, particularly consumers of ponmo, against the activities of some unscrupulous businessmen and traders who sell industrial and chemical-laden animal hides as food.
Prof Adeyeye, in a statement by the Resident Media Consultant to NAFDAC, Sayo Akintola, said the Agency’s Investigation and Enforcement officials gathered intelligence around certain locations where the products were being warehoused and sold.
The Agency noted that the interception was in response to several complaints received from the public pertaining to alleged sale and distribution of imported hides and skin meant for use in leather industries, and which had already been processed with industrial chemicals. These products are then sold to unsuspecting public as consumables.
She said: “Monitoring was also extended to some buyers who patronise the sellers and custodians of the warehouse. Preliminary investigation revealed that some of the hides and skin were imported illegally and sometimes diverted to some merchants of death who re-process them and further sell them as consumable ponmo to the public.”