This is an interesting topic to dive into and we might not even exhaust this in one write-up but I must first apologize for going AWOL last week, a lot of matters arising came up. I take my readers not for granted.
So, shall we begin?
What exactly are animal proteins, in very simple terms they are the proteins we consume, gotten from food sources that are of animal origin.
For example, If Mr. Bola takes an egg, and Mr. Bala takes beef (cow meat) they both have consumed proteins from animal sources. But if Ms. Ngozi takes beans, soy milk, or green peas; those are plant proteins; hence we can say she has consumed proteins from plant origin or sources.
There are multiple examples for both sources but I would not be going through them in this write-up. However, we can always find them in our everyday meal.
Someone might be thinking, what about yoghurt. Well that’s gotten from milk, so we’d say they are animal protein sources.
I would not want to start a war on which is good or bad, but I’d like to point our directions towards the animal proteins while asking this important question?
Are we really consuming the safe ones?
Few years ago, I was opportune to visit an abattoir in the southwestern region of the country. They slaughter cattle, goats, pigs and seldomly rams. But what caught my attention was not only the way but the processes the slaughtered animals go through, the hygiene of the slaughter slabs, the personnel protection from workers, the marketing channels they take before they get to the final consumers.
I don’t want to sound scary or create some chaos, but it was overwhelming and I couldn’t just observe further without feeling nauseous.
I ruminated over all the meat I had consumed in in my life … I wish I could bring them back one after the other (just kidding lol) … I remember how I’d wake up and go take some extra meat from the pot in the middle of the night just to quench my peckish appetite.
Were they really coming from these places? The question flashed through my subconscious mind.
Years later I have read and studied about zoonosis and how diseases from animals can be picked up by humans. I have also studied extensively more on antibiotics resistance and how harmful they are turning out to be.
For this series I would focus on the zoonotic aspect for a start
What are zoonotic diseases? According to the centre for disease control CDC, Zoonotic diseases (also known as zoonoses) are caused by “germs” that spread from animals to humans.
Hence these diseases can be gotten by humans if we come in contact with animals who have these disease conditions. Either by consumption or through other means through which they affect humans.
This mean that if we as consumers, eat animal protein that are not fit for slaughter or for consumption because they carry diseases, then we could be at risk.
Are there regulatory bodies who come in to check or screen this animal protein sources, especially for diseases that could affect man?
If there are not or their activities are not fully effective; then we need to ask ourselves, are we consuming safe sources of protein as consumers.?
Some weeks ago, I met a woman who we delivered our products for and she asked me a question.
She actually saw some whitish granules while washing the offal she bought from the market. She was surprised at first but later she felt she should discard that portion. She was so curious as to knowing what that was and why it was there.
I gave her some explanations as to what it could be and also educated her on the importance of getting animal protein from places we can trust and that are safe.
Hence, we should always ask ourselves this question when we try to buy these animal proteins, am I really consuming the safe ones?
Remember all animal protein sources must always be certified fit for slaughter and/or fit for consumption by a licensed Veterinarian. This is a major aspect of DOFOODS we don’t joke with.
We make sure all our products are safe for consumption, our production processes stay hygienically clean, while the processed animal products are certified okay not by only one Veterinarian but two.
You can visit our product page here to see arrays of healthy products at quite affordable prices.
Always remember to watch what you consume at all times.