10 Poisonous Foods That Kenyans Are Eating and Why We Are To Blame

By Soko Directory Team / Published May 17, 2019 | 12:56 am



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Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food is an African saying that can no longer be used in Kenya as reports continue to stream in on foods laden with poisonous substances sold across the country.

The adulterated food, which unfortunately is deliberate, contain chemicals responsible for a number of chronic illnesses and despite many Kenyans succumbing to the chronic diseases, a number of the money-hungry retailers are out to make a profit without a care in the World.

The bodies, Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) which is mandated with the task of ensuring that all the products entering the country and those already in the country are fit for human consumption, is deep in slumber land and has formed an alliance with those killing Kenyans with poison.

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has joined a cartel of corrupt businessmen and women who have been sneaking poisonous foods into the country under the watch of its officials.

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Patriotism and humanity seem to have lost to greed as a section of Kenyans poison foods for Sale in order to avoid losses and double profits. If the human race ever becomes extinct, it will only be because of greed and we have ourselves to blame for it.

Sometimes it is not about ‘serikali saidia’ but about what we are doing to help ourselves. We are killing ourselves and lying to ourselves that it the government of the day killing us.

Sugar

Mid-June (2018) brought in news of contraband sugar, detained by police, testing positive for copper and lead. There were also the confirmations of the presence of mercury in the sugar. The said sugar did not meet the shelf life of consumable goods in the market.

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A high presence of heavy metals in the sugar meant that Kenyans had been exposed to the deadly side effects of the heavy metals. Lead is known to cause cancer in various organs in the body including; lungs, kidneys and the brain. It impacts on the development of the nervous system, lowers intelligence, and leads to anemia and high blood pressure.

Rice

Even before Kenyans could come to terms with the contraband sugar issue, detectives, on 19th August 2018, impounded one million bags of toxic rice from Pakistan along with 400 containers of cooking oil, from Malaysia, that they said did not meet the set standards in Mombasa.

Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti, warned that rogue importers were printing new bags and repackaging the contaminated rice.

The products were expired and past the date by three years. This is not to forget Kenyans have been consuming plastic rise for years no.

Milk

That cup of tea we all seem to love to enjoy during meetings, breakfast and evenings is no longer safe, at least not for Nairobians. An African cup of tea always has milk, and a little bit of sugar, which of course our greedy like fellows decided to mess, now the milk is no longer safe!

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) recently reported that milk sold in Nairobi has been found to be contaminated with high levels of carcinogenic toxins.

Raw and processed milk such as yogurt, fresh pasteurized milk and Ultra-high temperature processing (UHT) collected in Nairobi, on a daily basis for one year, tested positive for very high levels of aflatoxins.

Poultry Meat

We all know how welcoming the aroma of a sizzling chicken can get. Whether you love it wet fry, roast or dry fry, the meaty breasts or the thighs, chicken has always been healthy and most Kenyans go for it especially as it is white meat, which is considered healthy meat.

Unfortunately, chicken in Nairobi has now been confirmed as not so healthy; actually, it could lead to an early grave given the levels of toxins as revealed by a study involving Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri).

According to the study, chicken reared and poultry meat in the Nairobi Market is highly contaminated with the food-poisoning bacteria called campylobacter.

Beef

The use of sulfites, which is a form of inorganic salts that was banned in 1986 by the US Food and Drug Authority following the deaths of 13 people, takes away cravings of my usual steak.

The preservative is still used as some butchery owners and attendants still mix it with water and spray the content on the meat to make it look reddish and attract customers to double their profits despite the meat is rotten.

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The way mortuaries preserve bodies is the same way some butchers are preserving meat using formalin. Next time, you go into a butchery and don’t see fly around, you better run for your life because that meat is likely poisoned.

Fruits and vegetables

In 2016, scientists warned over the safety of foods sold in Nairobi. The foods that included apples, bananas, and kales, were reported to have toxic chemicals used for preserving or hasten the ripening of fruits.

Tests carried on food samples in the markets revealed worrying levels of toxins like calcium carbide illegally used to ripen fruits.

Until the rot in the market is cleared, one must learn to choose cautiously and understand that not all that glitters in the markets is fresh and healthy.

Water

Stats show that Kenya believes that every water that is in a bottle and seal is a ‘clean bottled water’ that can be taken without any problem.

Greedy Kenyans have taken that advantage to bottle unclean water and selling it to unsuspecting Kenyans. Even the water brands that we trusted such as Dasani was proved by researchers to be containing dangerous plastics.

Githeri

Many people love Githeri. Well, that either you love consuming from that kibanda or even from that high-class hotel is most likely having been cooked using painkillers. Stats show that most food sellers in Nairobi are using painkillers to soften the maize and beans during the cooking.

Chips

Who doesn’t love french fries? Just call them chips. Some of those chips you love consuming, chances are that they have been cooked using oil from an electric transformer.

Ugali

Ugali. Sounds familiar? Now there is a word that the ugali you are consuming might be taking you to an early grave. Will let you know how when the results are out.




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