List of Killer Peanut Butters On Shelves Ordered Withdrawn by KEBS

By Soko Directory Team / Published November 5, 2019 | 6:34 am





The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has suspended a number of peanut butter products aftermarket surveillance has revealed that the products are substandard and require corrective actions.

List of Peanut Butter Products Suspended by KEBS and their manufacturer

Brand                                         Manufacturer

  1. Nuteez                                 Jetlak Foods Limited
  2. Zesta                                    Trufoods Limited
  3. Nutty                                   Nature Target Distributors
  4. True Nuts                           Truenutz Kenya
  5. Fressy                                 Fressy Food Company Limited
  6. Supa meal                          Supacosm Products Limited
  7. Sue’s Naturals                   Nature’s Way Health

The products according to KEBS contain very high aflatoxin levels than the maximum limit allowed by the Standard.

“The Kenya Standard, ’KS EAS 60: 2013, Peanut Butter- specification’ states that the maximum total aflatoxin content, is 15 parts per billion (ppb) and gives maximum value for aflatoxin B1 5 ppb maximum,” KEBS stated in a notice sent to media houses warning the public.

KEBS has further suspended the brand’s company’s permits which allow them to use the Standard Mark and has also directed that the firms must recall all their products in the market.

The suspended peanut butter manufacturers have been instructed by KEBS to put in place corrective actions in their processes to ensure that their products comply with the quality specifications in the standard.

KEBS has added that once the manufacturers comply with the standards, then the ban will be lifted but until then all the suspended peanut butter products must be withdrawn from all shelves and shops to protect Kenyans.

Read: KEBS Confirms Presence of Aflatoxin in Nuteez Peanut Butter Brand

This suspension form KEBS comes a few months since the authority issued a suspension order on Nuteez of Jetlak foods limited which raises questions on the effectiveness of KEBS on ensuring food safety to Kenyans if the products are still on the shelves.

Nuteez by Jetlak foods was suspended on 3rd February 2019 and has once again been suspended on 5th November 2019.

“Jetlak Foods Ltd applied for renewal of the standardization mark permit. KEBS undertook an analysis of the product and after confirmation that the firm complied with all the requirements of the standards issued them with a permit for use of standardization mark permitted with effect from 11th October 2018,” KEBS said while suspending Nuteez in February 2019.

Tests undertaken on the samples on February 3rd, 2019 confirmed that the level of aflatoxin was 25 parts per billion (ppb), which is higher than the maximum limit allowed by the standard making it a health hazard.

The Jetlak Food Manufacturer’s license was also suspended following the suspension of Nuteez and all the Nuteez peanut butter were ordered to be withdrawn all their products from the market.

Other peanut butter products suspended by KEBS on February 2019 include:

  • Triclover (Brand: Clovers peanut butter) – Product permit no. 32994
  • Mother Nature’s product (Brand: Mother Nature’s) – Product permit no. 23253

Manufacturers whose product permits have been suspended are instructed to discontinue the manufacturing or offering for sale of all substandard peanut butter.

Kenyans are advised to keep off the listed peanut butter in shops, wholesales or supermarkets as they are not fit for consumption.

Here is a statement from KEBS




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