The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC has shut down three factories for allegedly using embalming chemical meant for dead bodies to preserve hides also known as ‘ponmo’ in Lagos.
According to reports, the factories located along Unity Avenue, Ijagemo; Sosanya Street, Ijegun; and Adedayo Ayodeji Street, Wazobia Bus Stop, Abaranje in the Alimosho Local Government area of the state were all affected and one of the facilities’ owner, Isaac Nwaebo was also arrested.
Confirming the arrest to newsmen, NAFDAC Deputy Director, Intelligence Unit, Mr Francis Ononiwu said the hides are not safe for human consumption.
“When we first called at Nwaebo’s factory last week, there was a large quantity of hides; it appeared as if he just had his delivery. We decided to lock up the place and placed our seal on the door.
“When we came to check the place on Tuesday, the hides had all been removed. He has to explain how and why the hides disappeared from the place we locked up.
“There are so many imported hide factories in Lagos. The hides are preserved with the same chemical used for embalming corpses. They are not safe for human consumption.
“We have been fighting them and we will get to them anywhere they are.”