Beware! Poisonous Ponmo Invades Ogun State Markets

Beware! Poisonous Ponmo Invades Ogun State Markets

Beware! Poisonous Ponmo Invades Ogun State Markets

by November 6, 2015 1 comment

Ponmo lovers have been warned to be wary of the ponmo they purchase from the markets in Ogun state recently. Poisonous ones have found their way into markets in Ogun State. The cattle hide and skin, popularly known as ponmo, is a tasteful delicacy many Nigerians can’t do without.

 

The infiltration of these poisonous cattle hide and skin into Ogun state markets was disclosed by the Commissioner of Agriculture in the state, Ronke Sokefun, in Abeokuta on Thursday, while addressing ponmo sellers.

 

She warned people to be wary of ponmo that are ridiculously cheap, have a brownish-black colour, seem very thick and are foul-smelling.

 

Sokefun said that the sellers of the poisonous ponmo are taking advantage of the disparity between the great demand and inadequate supply.

 

“Tanning chemicals like biocides and fungicides are added along the processing chain to preserve the hides against protein degradation, bacteria and mould growth that would have damaged the hides and skin,” Sokefun stressed.

 

The poisonous ponmo is from raw hide used in leather production that has been imported from countries like Japan, Italy and Sudan, the commissioner said.

 

 

Source: The Herald

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