The Frozen Food Dealers Association (FFDA) has alarmed over the hauling of chicken and pork products on the Liberian market by importers in demand of higher process on the Liberian market. The group is claiming that marketers are being requested by importers to buy more horse products before receiving chicken and pork products.
The association Secretary General, Randall Smith, said the shortage of frozen food meats and chicken denies marketers the right to sell and also creates nutritional problems for consumers. He said the shortage is due to high increase and the coercion faced by marketers from importers to purchase horse meats before purchasing chickens, pork and other related meats and shrimps. Speaking to journalists at a local dealer store in Point Four on the Bushrod Island, Smith said the proliferation of horse meat on the Liberian market is also hampering the growth of the frozen food market. He said it is also endangering the lives of consumers. He averred that they have been told that the horse meat is being processed and imported to Liberia by a foreign national through another frozen food company. The Frozen Food Dealers Association called on the Ministries of Health and Commerce to investigate the influx of horse meat on the Liberian market and also identify the importer. He said if nothing is done to investigate the influx of the horse meat on the Liberian market, consumers will soon experience an outbreak of strange sickness in the country. Mr. Smith noted that it is not yet clear which country the horse meat is being imported from and who is processing and sending them to Liberia for marketing and consumption. He accused the Frozen Food Importers Association of being responsible for the influx of the products, noting: “the Lebanese community does not want to move from behind each other.” FFDA used the opportunity to call on the Government to investigate the origin of the horse products on the Liberian market and urged consumers to be mindful in consuming the products. When contacted, two major importers of food frozen in Liberia referred journalists to the Ministry of Commerce. The MOC recently said they were restricting the influx of Import Permit Declarations (IPDs), but many frozen food companies said the Ministry’s action was intended to give domineering power to the Fresh Frozen Food (FFF) companies.