Salted tilapia, aka ‘Koobi’, sellers have called on Ghanaians to disregard reports circulating in the media that ‘Koobi’ is poisonous.
Reacting to a statement attributed to the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, that some traders had resorted to preserving the ‘Koobi’ with formalin, a cancer-causing agent, the traders dismissed the claim, saying that they were shocked to hear the report on various media platforms.
When the Daily Graphic visited the Adabraka and the Makola markets, the major sources of distribution of ‘Koobi’ to various parts of the country, the market women denied using any substance, apart from salt, to preserve the fish
The Queenmother of the Salted Fish Sellers Association at Adabraka, Mrs Rejoice Abla Gbormita, told the Daily Graphic that she was yet to identify any of her colleague traders who engaged in the act.
“I want to assure our customers and Ghanaians that we distribute a lot of ‘koobi’ to various parts of the country and we cannot do anything untoward to harm any individual,” she said.
She indicated that the market women were ready to partner the government to bring to book all those who preserved their fish with formalin.