Mismanaged African poultry imports cause health hazzard
Africa has become the main destination for left over
poultry parts from Brazil, the European Union and the United
Though poultry exports from Europe, for example, are produced to the same
standards as those consumed and marketed within Europe, once the products reach
the ports in importing countries, there's no longer a way to manage that the
frozen products will reach consumers in the same condition.
In several West African countries, like Ghana, electricity isn't constantly
provided. This creates a major health risk as imported poultry partially or
completely defrosts, allowing bacteria such as salmonella
Once imported poultry leaves the port, its next destination is usually
middlemen who sell the meat to shopkeepers or stallholders in local markets;
these traders also have difficulties keeping the poultry frozen. Supermarkets
like those seen in wealthier countries are rare in many parts of Africa, even in
capital cities. Chicken sold in local markets is often sold in the open sun,
which is not only unhygienic, but the chicken often defrosts in the sun before
it is sold. The unsold chicken is put back in freezers overnight, set out in the
sun again the next day to be sold, then reverts to the freezers. This process
can go on for months.
These accords must be in place by the end of 2007 to bring ACP-EU trade
into compliance with the World Trade
's regulations, and would see ACP markets being opened to
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