Soko Maize Meal Declared Poisonous: Which Maize Flour Brand is Safe?

By Virginia Mwangi / November 18, 2019 | 7:18 am




The banning of Soko Maize flour in Kiambu County has thrown many Kenyans into shock as it comes a week after the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) banned five maize meal brands.

Kiambu County Government has argued that Soko Maize flour, which is more common among Kenyans, is also not safe for consumption as it contains extreme levels of the carcinogenic aflatoxin.

The banning of the Soko maize meal adds to the list of poisonous maize flour in the market including other products leaving one wondering so which is the safest maize flour brand in the Kenyan market.

The banning of maize flour began with an expose by NTV where Journalist Denis Onsarigo listed maize flour brands that had been tested by the government chemist and been found to be with aflatoxin levels above the recommended maximum amounts.

Kiambu County said the suspension of Soko maize flour followed the analysis of samples of the brand by county’s Public Health Personnel in a circular published on 11th November 2019 and signed by Kiambu Director of Health David Ndegwa.

“The Soko Maize flour selling on shelves in Kiambu County has been found to contain high aflatoxin levels hence subjecting consumers to ill health upon consumption,” the Kiambu circular read.

The circular also stated that it had ordered for a thorough inspection in supermarkets, open-air markets, hotels, wholesalers, schools and retail shops across the County to ensure the brand does not sell in Kiambu County.

“The purpose of this circular is to instruct you to conduct inspections in food premises likely to stock or use such maize flour e.g. factory, distributors, supermarkets, wholesalers, retails, shops, closed and open market, school and seize all Soko maize flour using either Seizure Form A or Seizure Form B as provided for under the Food, Drugs and Chemical Substances Act, Cap254 L.O.K,” the circular reads.

Hypermarkets and supermarkets have been criticized for selling products that are unfit for human consumption at ridiculously discounted prices to avoid making losses with Carrefour being pushed to the corner to explain its discounts on Kifaru maize flour at half the original price.

As the banning of food products continues, Kenyans are no longer allowed any room to care about what is safe or not as the authorities are only stating what is poisonous and unfit without giving direction on what safe options Kenyans can go for.

 







More Articles From This Author







Trending Stories










Other Related Articles










SOKO DIRECTORY & FINANCIAL GUIDE



ARCHIVES

2019
  • January 2019 (256)
  • February 2019 (216)
  • March 2019 (285)
  • April 2019 (254)
  • May 2019 (272)
  • June 2019 (251)
  • July 2019 (339)
  • August 2019 (293)
  • September 2019 (306)
  • October 2019 (314)
  • November 2019 (362)
  • December 2019 (77)
  • 2018
  • January 2018 (291)
  • February 2018 (219)
  • March 2018 (278)
  • April 2018 (225)
  • May 2018 (238)
  • June 2018 (178)
  • July 2018 (257)
  • August 2018 (249)
  • September 2018 (256)
  • October 2018 (287)
  • November 2018 (284)
  • December 2018 (187)
  • 2017
  • January 2017 (183)
  • February 2017 (195)
  • March 2017 (207)
  • April 2017 (104)
  • May 2017 (169)
  • June 2017 (205)
  • July 2017 (190)
  • August 2017 (195)
  • September 2017 (186)
  • October 2017 (235)
  • November 2017 (253)
  • December 2017 (266)
  • 2016
  • January 2016 (165)
  • February 2016 (165)
  • March 2016 (190)
  • April 2016 (143)
  • May 2016 (245)
  • June 2016 (182)
  • July 2016 (271)
  • August 2016 (248)
  • September 2016 (234)
  • October 2016 (191)
  • November 2016 (243)
  • December 2016 (153)
  • 2015
  • January 2015 (1)
  • February 2015 (4)
  • March 2015 (166)
  • April 2015 (108)
  • May 2015 (116)
  • June 2015 (120)
  • July 2015 (148)
  • August 2015 (157)
  • September 2015 (188)
  • October 2015 (169)
  • November 2015 (174)
  • December 2015 (207)
  • 2014
  • March 2014 (2)
  • 2013
  • March 2013 (10)
  • June 2013 (1)
  • 2012
  • March 2012 (7)
  • April 2012 (15)
  • May 2012 (1)
  • July 2012 (1)
  • August 2012 (4)
  • October 2012 (2)
  • November 2012 (2)
  • December 2012 (1)
  • 2011
    2010
    2009
    2008
    2007
    2006
    2005
    2004
    2003
    2002
    2001
    2000
    1999
    1998
    1997
    1996
    1995
    1994
    1993
    1992
    1991
    1990
    1989
    1988
    1987
    1986
    1985
    1984
    1983
    1982
    1981
    1980
    1979
    1978
    1977
    1976
    1975
    1974
    1973
    1972
    1971
    1970
    1969
    1968
    1967
    1966
    1965
    1964
    1963
    1962
    1961
    1960
    1959
    1958
    1957
    1956
    1955
    1954
    1953
    1952
    1951
    1950