Some butchers are using formalin, the chemical used to preserve dead bodies in preserving beef, as they keep flies away from the meat. A post on social media that it is a national public health issue is trending.
The post revealed that after his friend’s wife lost a baby through miscarriage, an investigation showed the presence of formalin in her blood. When consumed, formalin goes to the liver and destroys it. All because she ate a meat that was preserved with formalin.
encomium.ng sought opinions of Nigerians on if they have come across meat preserved with formalin.
Below are their responses…
Yes, I’ve witnessed it on a particular day I went to the market to get some ingredients. I decided to buy meat as well. When I got to the meat seller, and I found out that there are pieces of meat that flies are not perching on, then I decided to ask the seller. His response was that he does put water on his meat to avoid any fly which was an absolute lie. Then I decided to change to another person to get my meat.
I have noticed that but, I never knew that they were putting formalin on it, I just thought maybe they preserved them with insecticide.
No, I have not really noticed that, and I don’t think it’s possible that flies will not perch on meat.
No, I haven’t heard of it, as a matter of fact, I’ve never noticed whether flies are perching on a meat or no. The truth is, flies have always been around meat.
I’ve also heard of it but have not really experienced it, what I know is that meat sellers are always surrounded by flies.
I think it might be true because have seen a case whereby there are no flies at all on the man’s meat, but I thought that the meat was fresh but don’t know that it has been preserved in formalin.
– Shukurat Alimi for encomium