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Addition Of Hypo To Improve Fermentation Of FuFu: Citizens Raise Alarm

Reports of fufu producers adding hypo, detergents and potash after sieving the cassava for it to become soft and as well rise to expected level is of great concern to citizens.  A reporter who carried out an investigation on the misuse of detergents among cassava processors from Ilu -Abo, Owode, Ogbese, Igbara -Oke, Igbara -Odo, Ifaki -Ekiti and environs said some of them added chemicals to soak cassava for fermentation.

Those involved in the act were said to have argued that “chemicals are also used to plant different vegetables and to force fruits to ripe, so adding chemicals to what we consume is not peculiar to Fufu (produced from cassava) alone… They also add chemicals to ferment cassava in other states. In fact, all states are guilty of this”, one of the traders was quoted as saying, even as another added that “95 per cent of them engage in it to make more gains, and that it is not limited to one state”.

 

On how to avoid being a victim, consumers were advised to make Fufu themselves or sniff any Fufu before they buy to be sure of the odour. The source of the story said he spoke with a nutritionist in Ondo State Mother and Child Hospital Akure, Mrs Aduni Adekolurejo who condemned the act of making money at the detriment of peoples’ lives, and traced consumption of Fufu mixed with hypo, detergents or potash to series of increase terminal diseases around.

Meanwhile, commentators who spoke with Notable Outcome on these developments in Port Harcourt condemned the development, adding however that adulteration of food and drugs is on the increase in Nigeria while the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDC, are sitting idle in their offices nation wide. They further hinted that there were indications that palm oil have joined the list, as according to them, most palm oil hardly have that attractive and refreshing smell for which palm oil used to be known.

The concerned citizens called on the NAFDAC to wake up to their responsibilities and save the lives of the unwary.

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