The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has advised Nigerians to avoid eating frozen poultry products and other food items preserved with formalin.
Formalin is a poisonous solution of formaldehyde and methanol used as a preservative.
Abubakar Jimoh, NAFDAC’s spokesman, who gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said unscrupulous business owners have been using formalin to preserve poultry products, chicken and turkey in the country.
Jimoh stated that formalin is capable of preserving such products for weeks before they get to consumers.
“NAFDAC is alerting Nigerians to this practice. There are enough poultry products in the country than to resort to frozen chicken smuggled in, despite Federal Government’s ban,” Jimoh said
The NAFDAC spokesman also called the attention of consumers to the negative impact patronizing business owners who smuggle poultry products into the country on local poultry farmers and marketers.