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 “Ponmo” processing method injurious to health – Dietitian

…Asks NAFDAC to wade in

 

The popular mode of burning cow hide on naked fire to produce “ponmo’’ has been decried as it is harmful to health.

The Director, Dietetics Department at Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, Osun Dr. Salami Akorede, has therefore called on NAFDAC to regulate the mode of its processing for human consumption.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at Ile-Ife on Saturday that the popular mode of burning cow hide on naked fire to produce “ponmo’’ was harmful to health.

The dietitian stressed that the process of burning cow hide on naked fire made the product to become potential source of cancer when consumed regularly.

“Where it is well processed, `ponmo’ is a good source of protein, water, energy and micro-nutrients which contain fibre that aid digestion.

“In producing ponmo, processors should regulate the exposure of the cow hide to naked fire so as to minimize the formation of nitrates on them.

“Ponmo can also serve as alternative to meat as it is cheap and affordable.’’ Dr Akorede said.

The dietitian urged consumers to ensure they take `ponmo’ alongside other protein-rich sources like meat, fish, crayfish and soya balls to complement their protein supply.

He charged the Federal Government to reduce taxes on fish and chicken so as to make them affordable as source of protein.

“More people should be encouraged to take to animal husbandry to reduce the in-take of ponmo,’’ Akorede stated.

 

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