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Rotten poultry products on sale in Abuja

By Ben Adoga, Abuja
The FCT Administration has discovered where rotten chicken and meat are on sale to members of the public in the FCT.

Two persons have been arrested in connection with the sale of the unwholesome poultry products and beef in the FCT.

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The arrested, two boys, are said to be sales boys as the owners of the cold rooms are nowhere to be found.

Investigations revealed that the unwholesome products flooded the market because there was no electrical power to power the cold rooms for weeks due to the collapse of the national grid.

Observers in the market said the cost of diesel fuel drove the price of products beyond reach and subsequently lack of patronage, so the operators of the cold room couldn’t continue operations and wanted to sell off the products which were already bad.

The stench occasioned by the rotten products forced other market users and shop owners to officially complain while some customers who bought the bad products also complained.

Head, Monitoring and Enforcement Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Kaka Bello who led security personnel with officials of the board to Garki International Market where the shop was located confirmed the incident.

Kaka Bello said: “We are here based on the report we received from the market management and the public complaints commission. We have been going around to talk about environmental issues generally, but today we are here to talk about environmental health issues.

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“The board received information of stock pilled chicken and meat which has already decayed and unfortunately those operating the cold room are selling them to the public, and is not good for human consumption, before we came in here, the meat has been evacuated, according to the people we saw operating the cold room.

“So, we have taken the two persons operating the cold room into custody for more findings to make sure that the rotten meat is not transported to another place for sale.

According to them, We want to know where it has been evacuated to, if they destroy it we want to see where it was done. We want to be sure that is not transported to other markets for sale.”

Bello said the board would come down hard on anyone found selling or involved in unwholesome meat activities.

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