Nigerians have been warned to desist from consuming imported frozen meat, which could be dangerous to human health.
The warning came from a Professor of Animal Nutrition and Products Enhancement, Gbenga Onibi, of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, while delivering the institution’s 86th inaugural lecture on Meatiness Plus Quality of Our Meat: Gateway to Ancestral Blessing.
He said from research findings, the quality of imported meats is questionable and they are laden with various preservatives that could be dangerous to human health.
He also called for proper legislation against the display of fresh and frozen meat on unrefrigerated counters in the markets.
According to Professor Onibi, “since electricity supply for cold storage is epileptic, meat merchants should be made to use insulated containers containing ice blocks or flakes to keep the temperature of retailed meat low, thereby reducing the rate of lipid oxidation.”
Onibi, while giving statistics of human population and protein intake of selected countries in the world, concluded that Africans need more meat on the plate.
In his introductory speech, FUTA’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Adebiyi Daramola, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Olatunde Arayela, described Professor Onibi as a young and dynamic academic and an asset to the university.