The Nigerian regulatory body, NAFDAC, has warned against consumption of imported frozen foods.
The consumption of imported and smuggled frozen poultry meat like chicken and turkey, has been discovered to be the causative factor in non-communicable diseases and anti-biotic resistance, according to the National Agency for Food And Drug Administration And Control (NAFDAC).
The Director-General of the agency, Dr Paul Orhii, while speaking at a media briefing in Lagos, warned Nigerians to avoid eating imported smuggled chickens and turkeys, because they have been found to contain substances that can predispose one to kidney, liver, lung diseases and hypertension, as well as certain types of cancers and drug resistance-bacterial infections.
Orhii said that patronising smuggled poultry foods do not only encourage economic sabotage, but also can damage peoples’health.
Orhii added that studies have found out that most of the smuggled chicken into Nigeria contains high level of various deadly contaminants.
“Our studies have found that most of these smuggled chickens or smuggled poultry products, may be because the way they are transported or because they are not properly packaged, they contain some contaminants."