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Monday, 27 April 2015

Desist From Eating Ponmo - Akwa Ibom State Govt.


The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. Godwin Afangideh, said at a press conference yesterday in Uyo, that the cow skin, often referred to as Ikpa Ebola or Ponmo had been the common cause of cancer and liver problems in the state.

The commissioner, who was represented at the briefing by the Director of Veterinary Services in the state, Dr. Obot Obot, said that the people who patronised cow skin were both exposed to cancer and liver problems as well as hypertension, as a result of the high quantity of salt used for its preservation.

He said, “The state government, through the veterinary services directorate of the ministry, has embarked on a sensitization campaign in some markets in the local government areas to talk to the people about the danger of consuming such meat.

“The veterinary officer, who was in charge of the sensitisation campaign, went to different markets and talked to the people on the imperatives of how to watch out for toxic meat following reports of its importation into the country.

“Cow skin meat, which is five times thicker than ordinary skin meat, is injected with a toxic substance called formalin used for its preservation. This formalin in the long run is capable of causing cancer and liver problems due to high concentration of salt used for their preservation.”

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