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Does your food taste strange? This may be why

Does your food taste strange? This may be why
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Take a minute to ensure that your food is being prepared safely.

If you’re planning on having a delicious meal consisting of fried food, the Nigerian government wants you to beware. Due to cooking oil shortages in the country, some vendors are getting creative with their food preparation techniques. Although these techniques allow them to run their business normally, consumers get the short end of the stick.

When it comes to the cooking oil used at vendor establishments, it is highly unlikely that they are changing the oil on a regular basis. This means that the oil will be used over and over again until it gets burnt. Once the oil is burnt, they probably continue using it, which can lead to some health risks for customers.

Vendors may be using used transformer and motor oil to fry their food.

The health risks associated with consuming burnt cooking oil include gastrointestinal issues, problems with digestion, and an increased risk for cancer. While the vendor may not be changing the oil on a regular basis, it is important for customers to be aware of the potential risks involved in consuming food that has been cooked in burnt oil.

Some of these vendors are using used transformer and motor oil to fry their food. This is not only dangerous, but it can also lead to food poisoning. Not to mention, it doesn’t make for a very tasty meal. So, if you’re planning on indulging in some fried food while in Nigeria, be sure to ask about the cooking oil before you do.

PCBs have been banned in the United States since 1979.

Nigeria is taking steps to protect its citizens from exposure to harmful chemicals by prosecuting food vendors who use PolyChlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) and other non-food grade products. This is a positive step towards ensuring the safety of the Nigerian food supply and protecting the health of Nigerian consumers.

PCBs are a group of man-made chemicals that are known to be harmful to human health. Exposure to PCBs can cause a variety of health problems, including cancer, reproductive and developmental problems, and damage to the immune system. PCBs have been banned in the United States since 1979, but they are still used in many other countries.

PCBs are chemically stable and don’t readily break down in the environment.

These chemicals are a class of synthetic organic compounds that were once widely used in a variety of industrial and commercial applications. However, due to their persistent environmental contamination and potential health effects, their use has been banned in many countries, including Nigeria. PCBs are chemically stable and do not readily break down in the environment. They can accumulate in the food chain, and have been found in high concentrations in some fish and wildlife species.


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Ask Nigeria
1 day ago

Does your food taste strange? this may be whyTake a minute to ensure that your food is being prepared safely.Express your point of view.

Tjbae
Member
15 seconds ago

We need to know what we eat 🍽 we are what we eat we need to be careful of what we eat in public place

Adeolastan
Member
1 hour ago

It’s really pathetic to learned that people are using very hazardous ingredients to prepare food for human consumption.. Ignorance is not excuse, government should arrest anybody involve and prosecute them accordingly.

Ultra0711
Member
2 hours ago

We need to be cautious with what we eat these days cause a lot of vendors just fry food with burnt oil without minding the harm it will cause to people, we all need to be careful with what we eat

DimOla
Member
3 hours ago

Thanks to government agencies the discovered the use of PCBs for frying our food and created awareness on the danger of consumption of sure things.

Iyanu12345ogg
Member
3 hours ago

We need to be cautious with what we eat and how foods are been prepared… This is why some people don’t like eating outside because they don’t know what was used to prepare their food. Cooking with burnt oil is dangerous to ones health…..

SarahDiv
Member
3 hours ago

This is informative. Who will know if some people all in the name of”I am managing” will do such things.

Tonerol10
Member
3 hours ago

We have to be careful with what we eat out there. Most food out there are not well prepared. We need to prepare food at home not eating outside everytime

Oluwaseyi
Member
5 hours ago

People should be careful when eating in a public place…

theApr
Member
6 hours ago

I never knew people cook with motor oil till I read it on the news. Most vendors don’t care about the health of their customers, they just want to make money. Sadly, at the detriment of their customers. We just have to be as careful as possible.

Okunloye123
Member
6 hours ago

People should be on the watch when eating in public places.

A lot of those people are trying to reduce costs at the expense of people’s health.

Haykaylyon26
Member
7 hours ago

Cooking oil that is burst still using it to cook is not right or using motor oil as cooking oil all this should be monitor all this vendor should fear God oo our life and health is at risk bases on what they are doing to satisfy their own pocket

Khalifa001
Member
9 hours ago

Food we cook should be cooked safely and in a well conducive place that won’t cause harm to you

Remi1
Member
12 hours ago

We are not progressing in this food aspect because these food vendors are not being regulated. In this country, anybody can wake up tomorrow and become a food vendor without getting any licence or anything which is very bad because they can just be doing anyhow and nothing will happen to them. Sad

Last edited 12 hours ago by Remi1
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
12 hours ago

Cooking food in oil that has been burnt harms one’s health; I hope that we don’t consume anything that would end our lives because that would be tragic.

Hassan Isa
Member
12 hours ago

In point of fact, we have to exercise extreme caution when it comes to the preparation of our food. Since of this, many individuals dislike feeding outdoors because they are unsure of the ingredients or methods that were used to produce their food.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
12 hours ago

This is why people must study the restaurant they want to eat at and do their little survey on them to ensure they are clean and cook well before patronising them

Adesanyaj72
Member
12 hours ago

This nonsense overusing of same oil for different meals would only make the food lose taste and give it another disgusting taste which is terrible.

Bola12
Member
12 hours ago

People should watch what they eat because there are a lot of contamination that can be gotten from consuming some foods. May God keep us all

Taiwoo
Member
13 hours ago

What these people do is evil because can you imagine using fish oil to fry plantain? You’ll now be tasting fish in your plantain chai! This is wickedness

Tolaniiii
Member
13 hours ago

Food vendors in Nigeria who use polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other goods not intended for human consumption should be prosecuted as part of Nigeria’s efforts to safeguard its inhabitants from the dangers of being exposed to hazardous chemicals.

Chibuzor
Member
14 hours ago

Our food agencies are not doing enough regulation because this reusing of oil is very common in every society

Kazeem1
Member
14 hours ago

It’s stinginess from these vendors that pushed them to result in this act; they deserve to be reprimanded one way or the other

Yomii
Member
14 hours ago

We need to be careful with what we eat, some of these food vendors are brutal because why will you be using the same oil over and over again

Abusi
Member
15 hours ago

Actually, we need to be very careful in the way we prepare our food. This is why some people don’t like eating outside because they don’t know what was used to prepare their food. Using burnt oil to cook food is injurious to ones health, I just pray we don’t eat what will kill us.

jdpumping
Member
16 hours ago

In terms of all these vendors can it be curb no….the menace of these is on the high side because of the poverty level most Nigerians eat out and patronize all these vendors,is the hygiene level convenient for consumers ….no…who check on these vendors nobody….so enough needs to be done,the government even the citizenry should help.one another

Dimeji0711
Member
20 hours ago

Some vendors are just bad cause why will you be cooking or frying with burnt oil which is known to some that it is harmful to the body. It can only be help by creating more awareness and getting to let these vendor people know more about the danger relating to using burnt oil.