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The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control has warned that eating washed up aquatic animals is like eating the corpse of a cow found on a road.

The Director Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, NAFDAC, Mr Sheriff Olagunju,  said eating an animal whose cause of death was unknown could have negative health implications for the consumer.

A whale was reported to have been swept to the shores of a beach in Okpoama and Onyekia communities in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The NAFDAC director said, “It is dangerous eating an animal whose cause of death is not known. It could have been killed by chemical poisoning, contamination or anything. It could also contain a lot of contaminants. It is just like seeing a dead cow on the road ad cutting its meat and eating it.”

Olagunju compared the rush for a washed up whale to the struggle to scoop petrol from a fallen fuel tanker without thinking of the risks.

“Even when you warn some Nigerians about the risks, they remain adamant. Just like the way they rush to scoop fuel from a fallen tanker despite all warnings,” he said.

According to Humane Society, a health journal, environmental contaminants such as pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) tend to accumulate in the bodies of sea mammals such as whales. Eating fish as contaminated as this means one is exposing one’s self to poison.

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