The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC has warned the general public to be careful of the consumption of animal hides, known as Ponmo.
A statement by the Agency’ Director General, Mojisola Adeyeye, states that most of these animal hides are meant for industrial use. She added that some of these animal hides were pre-treated with industrial chemicals, which were not of food grade and were toxic and injurious to human health.
According to Adeyeye, investigations have revealed that some companies legally imported hides from countries like Lebanon and Turkey, while majority of the product were smuggled into the country through the porous borders.
The Director General also said livestock farmers were also advised to note that industrial animal hides could not be used to manufacture animal feed.