The consumption of animal hides and skin known locally as “ponmo” is Dangerous to Health.
The Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Leather Science and Technology (NILEST), Zaria, Isuwa Adamu said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
According to him, scientifically, ponmo does not have any nutritional value to human health.
“In fact, it is not advisable for you to consume ponmo in the sense that some of the animals killed and used for ponmo actually have skin diseases.
“Some of these skin diseases are such that boiling them ordinarily, may not kill the bacteria and Some of the animals because of the ailments that they have gone through, are sometimes treated by way of injection with chemicals,” he said.
“People don’t allow these chemicals to complete its cycle and be removed from the body; they sometimes go ahead to kill these animals. So, if you consume the ponmo, the tendency is that you are consuming the chemicals directly because the skin part of the animal retains most of the harmful substances.
“Remember your skin is the major protective organ of your body and your skin harbours so many of the harmful things that are supposed to penetrate into your body,’’ he explained.
Adamu added that the skin of animals harbour so many of the harmful waste materials that the body secretes and boiling only could not remove some of those wastes.
He advised the government to come up with policies that could be enforced to reduce the consumption of hides and skin as meat substitute.
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