The Nigerian delicacy, “pomo” has come under severe attack as an expert has warned that consumption of the meat substitute is dangerous to human health.
Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Leather Science and Technology (NILEST), Zaria, Dr Isuwa Adamu is said to have stated on Tuesday, October 7 that consumption of animal hides and skin aka “ponmo” is inimical to the wellbeing of humans.
“In fact, it is not advisable for you to consume pomo in the sense that some of the animals killed and used for pomo actually have skin diseases.
“Some of these skin diseases are such that boiling them ordinarily, may not kill the bacteria,’’
“Some of the animals because of the ailments that they have gone through, are sometimes treated by way of injection with chemicals.
“People don’t allow these chemicals to complete its cycle and be removed from the body; they sometimes go ahead to kill these animals.
“So, if you consume the pomo, the tendency is that you are consuming the chemicals directly because the skin part of the animal retains most of the harmful substances.”
The NILEST DG also added that “pomo” has no real nutritional value and so its consumption should be discouraged.
i love ponmo and i would keep eating it. i use it to cook yummy vegetable soups and fried stew..ohh no, i wont let go. i dont know anyone who has personally died from Ponmo poisoning.
what do you guys think?