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Custom Destroys Poultry Products Worth Millions

by 5m Editor
25 November 2010, at 10:26am

NIGERIA - Smugglers have lost poultry products worth over NGN8.5 million to the Federal Operation Unit of the Nigerian Custom Service.

The products which consists of frozen turkey and chicken were intercepted at Ogun state axis, reports Vanguard.

According to the commands area controller, Emmanuel Kane, the produce was monitored and intercepted.

“The government banned this kind of import in order for it not to cripple local production because we have to protect the local farmers, we have the farmlands, we have well with all, there are farms all over the country and I think if there is this unrestrained importation of those goods, then there is no way we can secure food autonomy,” he explaied.

Mr Kane also stated that the method of preservation of the poltry products are to garanteed to be good for human consumption as most of them are preserved with gamalin which is dangerous to health.

“We destroy them secondly because you can never tell the method of product for preservation of those things, they are more over use formal device which is chemical use to preserve dead bodies and you don’t allow your own citizens to invest in that type of things, it will run into problems of epidemics and so is proper to destroy them, bury them and to ensure that the citizen does not take such contaminated items so that is why we have to destroy them,” Mr Kane added.