The Gizzard, also referred to as the ventriculus, gastric mill, and gigerium, is an organ found in the digestive tract of some animals,including archosaurs (pterosaurs, crocodiles, alligators, dinosaurs, and birds), earthworms, some gastropods, some fish, and some crustaceans.
In Ghana, it is eaten boiled, fried or grilled. Grilled, skewered gizzards, with spices and optional green peppers and onions are popular and it is normally referred to as khebab.
Unfortunately for the Ghanaian populace, this treat has been compromised and Chief Executives of two food import companies are being investigated by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) for importing four 40-footer containers of salmonella infested gizzard into the country.
Veterinary officials said they were able to impound one of the containers but three others which can feed millions of people have already been cleared and are already on the market.
The containers which have been marked as contaminated were imported from Brazil into the country in 2019.
Officials of the Veterinary Service Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), however, impounded the containers shortly on arrival at the Tema port, following a tip-off by the Brazilian Authorities.
Unfortunately, importers of the products managed to clear three out of the four containers and started selling to the general public.
Dr Asiedu Baah told Joy News’ Henry Kwesi Badu
“Out of the four containers, three have been cleared and we did a traceback and found out that indeed the importers have taken out three containers and sold the unwholesome products to the general public,”
MoFA then filed a complaint to the BNI and it is awaiting sanctions and prosecutions.
“The importing companies imported products without import permit and veterinary health certificates,” Dr Baah noted.
The last container which was scheduled to be destroyed on Monday, 17 February, 2020 has been successfully destroyed without any trace.
Although some are of good quality, the bad ones have been thrown in the mix which will make distinguishing between both a problem. However, the general public is urged to be on red alert when purchasing this delicacy in order to save itself from any predicaments as a result of consumption.