Police, on the night of 15th of August 2019, nabbed 22,300 kilograms of counterfeit sugar and arrested five suspects who were caught repackaging the product at Kayole’s Ventures Green store.
The sugar, according to security officials, was suspected to be from the Western region and had the marking ‘Not For Sale ‘on its packaging.
The suspects whose names were identified as Geoffrey Mutua, Hassan Ibrahim, Moses Murigi Irungu, Elkana Waro Omache, and Nancy Wanja Kitonga are currently in police custody awaiting arraignment in Court.
This is not the first time that police are recovering counterfeit food products as in May 2019, expired rice and sugar were impounded in a go down at Nairobi’s Kariobangi South where it was being repackaged for sale.
Mombasa Sugar Suspected to Contain Mercury Stolen
Barely a week ago, 5,000 bags of sugar that was suspected to contain mercury was stolen from the Ballore godown in Changamwe, Mombasa.
The 5,000 bags were part of the consignment that had been seized by the government in an exercise that saw more than 1,000,000 bags of suspected sugar being netted.
The news of 5,000 bags of suspected poisonous sugar going missing means Kenyans will soon be consuming it in their daily cup of tea.
Samples of the impounded sugar were taken to the Government’s lab for analysis as is required by the law.
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Nabbing of counterfeit, expired products and products doctored with harmful chemicals has alarmingly been on the rise despite the country struggling with the heavy burden of cancer whose cause is closely linked to the mentioned chemicals.
According to the Anti-Counterfeit data, the authority nabbed counterfeit goods estimated to be worth more than 100 million shillings in April alone in different parts of the country.
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