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Milk vendors using formalin as preservative as farmers feed pigs, chicken with ARVs

12 June 2015, 09:13 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala -  It has been discovered that the drug used to preserve dead bodies, formalin, is being added to food while ARVs are added to pigs and chicken feed so they can fatten speedily.

Health inspectors in Kampala have revealed to the media that formalin is added to milk as a preservative.

One of the health officials in Kampala, Sadam Kisawuzi said, ''We have discovered that apart from adding uncooked water to milk, milk vendors also add formalin so that it won't go bad."

He advised people to always buy packed milk in order to avoid milk that is contaminated with not only germs but also dangerous drugs.

Stanley Anguzu, a veterinary doctor in Wakiso district said that it is appalling to learn that some unscrupluos farmers add ARVs to their chicken and pig feeds so that they grow fat quickly.

''Can you imagine that some unscrupulous farmers add ARVs to chicken and pigs feeds so that they become fat in a short time?'' posed Anguzu.

He appealed to government to come up with tough laws so as to stop such practices.

In another development, it has emerged that some cooks in some restaurants in Kampala add Panadol tablets to beans while cooking so that they get ready quickly.

Dr Jack Mukasa said that adding such chemicals to food could be the reason for increasing cancer cases in the country.

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