The Lagos State Government has warned residents not to buy or consume contaminated poultry products like chicken and turkey currently in circulation in the state.
On the dangers inherent in consuming such products, state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Toyin Suarau, who disclosed this at the weekend, said imported contaminated poultry products were seized and buried by men of the Nigeria Custom Service in Badagry but were later exhumed by some unscrupulous individuals with the intent to sell same to some unsuspecting consumers.
While receiving officials of the National Orientation Agency, NOA, who came on the directive of the Federal Government to appeal for support on how to sensitize the teeming populace in Lagos on the danger posed by this act, Suarau noted that the exhumed poultry produce were poisonous and could lead to death if consumed.
He said: “This visit by officials of National Orientation Agency was based on the circular received by NOA about the recently exhumed contaminated poultry produce being destroyed by officials of the Nigeria Custom Service somewhere in Badagry. The need for sensitization on the dangers associated with consuming these exhumed poisonous poultry produce cannot be overemphasized especially in view of the havoc it poses to the public.”
In the same vein, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Food Security, Mr. Okanlawon Sanni, added that the state Ministry of Agriculture would assist in mobilizing and sensitizing its poultry farmers and members of the public to be their brothers’ keeper and be alert to happenings around them.