News has it that dubious trader are selling chemical-ladened ponmo to consumers in Ogun State.
Ogun State government has raised an alarm over the discovery of poisonous cattle hide and skin otherwise known as Ponmo in some markets in the state, warning the people against its consumption, as reported by Vanguard news.
The government said some unscrupulous businessmen were taking advantage of the gap in demand and supply of the soup ingredient popularly called Ponmo to sell industrial ‘Ponmo’ laden with tanning chemicals to the unsuspecting public.
Ronke Sokefun, the state commissioner for Agriculture, raised the alarm, yesterday, while addressing stakeholders and ‘Ponmo’ sellers in her office, in Abeokuta.
Sokefun explained that the toxic ‘Ponmo’ otherwise known as ‘imported ponmo’ is often brownish black, foul smelling, abnormally thick with layers and ridiculously cheap compared to the certified ponmo.
According to her, what is being sold is raw hide meant for leather production from African and European countries like Sudan, Italy and Japan.
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.
Residents of the state have been cautioned to look out for the toxic ponmo the could cause serious health problems including food poisoning.