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Some people love pork; some do not. Some religions see pork derived from the pig as unclean meat and the pig an unclean animal. However, pork is loved and eaten by many in metropolitan Douala. 26,000 pigs inspected and slaughtered in 2015 alone with an average of 73 slaughtered daily, is telling of the number of city dwellers that consume pork. The love of pork has triggered modern butchering practice by most supermarkets, which is gradually attracting local pig butchers clients.

This much, Yaboa Ndula Munteh, in allafrica.com, has written.  According to him, “In a meeting that grouped over 200 pig butchers in Wouri Friday February 25th, the Divisional Delegate of Livestock, Dr Guy Mimbang urged them to form a cooperative. As a cooperative, Dr. Mimbang said, they can easily solicit funds from national and international Non-Governmental Organisations, companies and even the government and procure modern equipment in order to improve on the quality of services rendered to costumers. With 38 sales points in Wouri also classified as 38 markets, unofficial figures indicate that over 200 pigs are slaughtered in the Division on a daily basis. Since some of the butchers do not observe the norms of the profession to the letter, hygiene and sanitation worries abound. Though butchers are supposed to carry out slaughtering at the New-Bell slaughtering area before transporting the carcasses to their various sales points, some slaughter along the road which is uncalled-for.” This ought to be the reason why as a cooperative, slaughter houses can be constructed, improved cold houses for conservation provided and good slabs for the sale of pork constructed.

Bopda Noutsegue Dayan, President of one of the pork markets in Douala III is optimistic that as a cooperative, work conditions will improve and they will be able to compete with their supermarket counterparts while the Sub-Divisional Delegation of Minepia for Douala II, Alain Ghomsi said only good results awaits them as a cooperative.

Pork has been written to be a good alternative to beef, because it is lean as well as low in fat (and lower in calories). It also has a number of important nutrients such as B6, B12, thiamine, and riboflavin. Pork also contains high amounts of other nutrients such as iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc and protein. Pork also tastes good to many people. However are there any risks? Trichinosis is a possible disease that can be contracted. However, to be fair, this disease is still pretty rare in people. Also, cooking the pork very well reduces this problem. The major benefit of pork consumption (or any other meat consumption) is that it provides protein.  This is very important for a healthy diet.  Pork is a relatively good way to get protein because pigs are more easily kept than, for example, cattle.

Conclusively, the risks of pork consumption are largely the same as those of eating meat in general.  Pork can help lead to clogged arteries, heart disease, etc.  In addition, there is also the potential danger of trichinosis if the pork is not properly cooked.

Author: Tubonemi – Nigeria

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