koobi (salted fish) sellers in Agbogbloshie market a suburb of Accra have threatened to embark on a naked demonstration to the Flagstaff House if Professor Frimpong Boateng Minister of Environment and Technology doesn’t retract allegations of formaldehyde usage in reserving the salted fish.
Formaldehyde is a colorless but pungent smelling liquid used to preserve corpses. According to Professor Frimpong Boateng who is a heart surgeon and former CEO of Korle Bu Teaching hospital some unscrupulous fish mongers and koobi sellers in a desperate attempt to preserve their fish have resorted to the use of this highly toxic chemical substance to increase the shelf life of the koobi.
The koobi sellers have however denied these allegations calling them malicious and an unwarranted assault on their business. They believe Professor Frimpong Boateng’s statement is calculated at destroying their business by warding off patrons who enjoy their koobi.
They have stated clearly that they would never resort to such crude tactics to increase the shelf life of the salted fish since they themselves enjoy the koobi with their families.
They believe these allegations stand a chance of destroying their business and rendering their families destitute since it is from koobi selling that they support their families.
The FDA is currently conducting tests on samples of koobi collected from various markets across Accra to ascertain the veracity of Professor Frimpong Boateng’s claims but the koobi sellers are determined to hit the streets naked if the good professor doesn’t retract his claims and apologise to them. They have even threatened to head to court to clear their names if necessary.