Suya is a popular barbecued meat meal or snack almost exclusively made by people from the northern region of Nigeria and sold in all the major cities and states of the country. This is a spicy meat skewer also made as Kilishi is traditionally prepared by Hausa people of the Northern Nigeria. They are made from skewered beef, ram, or chicken. It is a street food which is sold mostly at night by roadside, vendors, restaurant or eating joint. Despite the deliciousness of this street food, there are many health dangers associated with it so it’s best to the possible disadvantages in mind when next you decide to indulge.
1. Poor Hygiene
Most often the hygiene of both the vendor and the places where Suya is done are questionable in terms of cleanliness and adequate sterilizations of cooking equipment. The possible exposure to flying and crawling insects and its resultant spread of viruses and diseases cannot be overemphasized.
2. Not cooked properly
Sometimes the meat is not cooked but merely heated on a grill, the possibility of infected meat been used is high and the uncooked status of the meat only means that there is a high possibility of the viruses still alive and thriving in the heated meat, you are buying and eating with enjoyment. Hence, the high rate of food poisoning from eating street side suya or killishi.
3. Sold by strangers and unregistered individuals
The fact that most roadside vendors of suya are unregistered individuals and total strangers that appear out of nowhere is a major drawback to indulging in roadside suya. The possible dangers associated patronising them should be a deterrent to anyone.
4.Unprotected From Dust.
Some of the places where suya is made and sold are dusty areas and high traffic areas with its resultant air pollution, swirling sand and more. This invariably affects the uncovered meat displayed on sticks and the health of the consumer
5. Varying spices.
The composition of the spices used to garnish most suya are multiple mixtures unique to the vendor, who most likely wont disclose his ingredients even if you asked. This in itself poses a health risk for many consumers who may or may not be allergic to some of the spices used.
6. Infected animals.
There is the possibility of the sales of infected animals used for suya which can result in food poisoning, diarrhoea and more.