“We have frozen chicken. It’s from France. It’s been there for a few days. I do not remember exactly when it happened. ” This is what responded on Monday afternoon a staff of the Boulangerie Zépol in Douala during an interview via phone to know if her commercial structure – which also has a food section – sells frozen chicken.
She confirms there the information published on Facebook, with supporting photographs by a colleague from the international press. We see the imported chicken bags coated with labels, one of which mentions the price (FCFA 4000). On another we read: poulet pac 100% végétal CL.A Congelé (100% vegetable chicken). In fact this variety of chicken is not the one which is prohibited from sale in Cameroon. That’s what was noted by the farmers defender Bernard Njonga during his descent on the field on Monday afternoon. He indicated that it is chicken usually consume by European expatriates.
At the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries (MINEPIA), they swear that there’s no imported chicken in Cameroon. A member of the communication committee states that “these are people who tell things. It is time for the fight against bird flu. Besides frozen chicken is prohibited in the country, ” said our interlocutor. Those who believed in an illegal import of frozen chicken in Cameroon are now reassured.