The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has sounded the alarm over the use of formalin to preserve frozen poultry products, warning Nigerians to avoid patronizing such products.
According to NAFDAC, formalin is a toxic chemical commonly used to preserve corpses in the morgue.
NAFDAC spokesperson Dr Abubakar Jimoh in Abuja said some unscrupulous businessmen use formalin to preserve poultry products especially chicken and turkey for a longer shelf life .
Jimoh, who explained that formalin was able to preserve produce for weeks before reaching consumers, warned of the danger of patronizing companies that smuggle poultry products into the country.
“NAFDAC is alerting Nigerians to this practice. There are enough poultry products in the country to resort to smuggled frozen chicken, despite the current government ban,” he said.
Jimoh added that if contraband products were frequented, indigenous poultry businesses would not experience the desired growth.
Favoritism of imported or smuggled goods will continue to affect Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves, he said.