Kenya is the true definition of the land of the walking dead. From the consuming sugar said to be containing mercury to eating samosa containing cat meat. From eating Githeri softened by painkillers to eating expired rice.
Imagine rice that expired in 2017 is packaged in bags with dates that indicate that it will expire in 2022 and then sold to unsuspecting consumers.
Imagine sugar that expired in 2015 is packaged in bags with dates that indicate that it will expire in 2020 and 2022 and sold to unsuspecting Kenyans.
On Tuesday, police, and detectives raided a godown in Kariobangi South, Nairobi, and seized tonnes of expired sugar and rice that were being repackaged as “Amar” and “Day to Day” brands.
Details have emerged that the businessman, who has since escaped, has been repackaging sugar, rice, and popcorns in new bags reviewing both manufacturing and expiry dates.
Brazilian sugar that had been packaged as Ndhiwa Sugar was also found in the building though it is not known how long the practice has been going on and how much of the repackaged product is already on the market.
Interestingly, all the new bags had the KEBS stickers meaning the repackaged products are hitting the market as genuine and approved products.
How Greedy Businessmen have been Killing Kenyans
For a long time, greedy businessmen in Kenya, who do not care about the health of consumers have been importing expired or low-quality products, repackage them and then sell them at the prevailing market prices.
At one point, Mumias Sugar Company had to issue a protesting statement after it stopped producing sugar but its brand continued to appear on supermarket and shop shelves for months. It was found out that scrupulous businessmen were repackaging expired and smuggled sugar into Mumias Sugar packets and selling it.
Some have also been selling expired sanitary towels by changing the expiry date and sometimes packaging them in known brands such as Always.