Nigeria seizes tonnes of hides on sale as food

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Nigerian authorities say they have seized 120 tonnes of imported animal hides and skins in Lagos city.

They were intercepted on suspicion that were already processed with chemicals for use in leather industries yet they were being sold as foodstuff, the national food and drug agency, NAFDAC, said.

In Nigeria, cow hides are cooked as a popular delicacy known as “ponmo”.

It’s not yet clear from which countries they were imported from.

NAFDAC said seven suspects have been arrested.

It added that the raids on warehouses were carried out following “several complaints” by members of the public regarding the distribution and sale of such products it described as dangerous.



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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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