PORT HARCOURTâ€”National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has destroyed a 20 feet container load of rotten frozen fish, worth N3.5million in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Deputy Director in charge of Ports Inspection Directorate in Port Harcourt, Mrs Oluremi Olarewaju, who disclosed this to newsmen,Â said the rotten fish was imported into the country from Norway by a firm. According to her,Â it was during inspection at Onne Port by our men that the container of fishÂ was found to be rotten.
â€œOn physical examination, the fish was discovered to be blood stained, defrozen and badly deteriorated with bad odour.â€Â Mrs Oluremi said the fish perished in the high sea before it arrived the country, attributing it to the malfunctioning of the cooling systems in the refrigerated container.
â€œOut of the 15 container of frozen fish imported by the company,Â a container load of the fish with 1,260 cartons x 20kg worth $22,680 (about N3.5million) went bad due to improper storage caused by malfunctioned refrigerating system.â€
She advised frozen fish importers to always ensure that the refrigerating systems in their containers are in working condition.