As if there are not enough worries for Kenyans there is food that is not safe for consumption on retailer shelves that the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has blacklisted, 17 maize flour brands to be specific.
Coronavirus fears are rife, cancer fears and corruption has paralyzed the healthcare system to the extent hospitals such as Nairobi women’s hospital will exaggerate the extent of illness of their patients just to cash in and now poisonous maize is on sale.
The 17 maize flour brands have Unga Dola also listed and this is not the first or the second time the flour is being mentioned as unsafe leaving one wondering why is it always in shelves if it is not safe?
Below is a list of the 17 Maize Flour Brands Unsafe and Blacklisted
“While conducting its mandate of market surveillance, KEBS has tasted maize meal brands and has found some of them to contain levels of aflatoxins higher than the required standards,” the letter sent to newsrooms read.
The statement signed by its director of market surveillance Peter Kaigwara, KEBS said it conducted thorough market surveillance before ordering the withdrawal of the affected brands.
In November 2019, Kitui Flour millers which produce Dola maize flour disputed claims its products were unsafe for consumption. Its statement came after KEBS asked supermarkets to stop the sale of Jembe, Dola, Kifaru, Starehe and 210 brands of maize flour on Saturday, November 9, 2019.
The company said it had conducted an internal audit that confirmed aflatoxin levels were way below the maximum allowed by KEBS.
“For the record, our internal auditing and external laboratories have brought back results showing levels in our products were much lower (1.5pbb) than the allowed maximum limit (10pbb) by Kenyan standards and so have other three laboratories” read the statement by Kitui Flour Mills.