Please read this carefully till the end, it is useful. The following are some of the health challenges associated with eating suya.
1 Potential of contacting zoonotic diseases: A zoonotic disease is a disease that can be passed between animals and humans. Since Suya meats are generally undercooked and in rare occasions carrying some blood on them, there is a chance that one could contact zoonotic diseases from Suya.
2 Suya and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs): You know when they say Cigarette kills? It is majorly due to the PAHs they contain. Many Suya sellers make their Suya by burning all sort of woods and charcoal to make their fire. Some even throw in such things as plastics to make their ember burn brighter in order to cook the Suya meat. Many of these materials burning under the meat contain these Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons known as PAH. Some PAHs are chemical carcinogens (cancer-causing compounds) while seven PAH compounds have also been classified as probable human carcinogens. Some PAH compounds are mutagens. Mutagen is a physical or chemical agent that changes the genetic material (DNA).
3 Beef Tapeworm (Taenia saginata): This is commonly known as the beef tapeworm – a zoonotic tapeworm. Like it was mentioned above, humans majorly get infected by consuming undercooked beef. The infection is may come without any noticeable symptoms but heavy infection can also occur with attendant symptoms. Heavy infection often results in weight loss, dizziness, abdominal pain, diarrhea, headaches, nausea, constipation, chronic indigestion, and loss of appetite. Heavy infections may cause intestinal obstruction in humans — this can be alleviated by surgery. Suya can be very delicious and make a good delicacy if well cooked and appropriate types of woods are used for smoking.
Please make sure that you cook all types of meat appropriately under the right temperature before eating.