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Quality certification agency, Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has introduced stringent measures to curb proliferation of substandard goods including food stuffs into the Kenyan market.

The watchdog body has embarked on aggressive market surveillance targeting high risk products that will ensure that imported goods meet the required international standards.

Business Daily reveals that the agency has seized and destroyed several substandard food and non-food items in the fight against counterfeit products.

Kebs Managing Director Charles Ongwae said they “have acquired additional equipment to enhance testing and calibration of capacity for Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) and breathe analyzers.”

He said Kebs has impounded 220 kilograms of substandard rice and 770 kilograms of fake sugar in its routine market surveillance.

“We have been targeting food products traded by Chinese supermarkets due to non-compliance in marketing and corrective actions have been implemented,” said Mr Ong’wae.

Kenya Bureau of Standards MD Charles Ongwae prepares to throw substandard syringes into a fire in a past operation. /THE STAR

He disclosed that East African Community (EAC) member states have introduced measures to carry out joint verification of products at entry points.

He said the agency has acquired Rapid Mycotoxin Testing kit to screen maize in Malaba, Busia and Namanga among other areas in Rift Valley, Central, Nairobi, Coast and North Eastern regions.

“We have carried out survey of aflatoxin in milk and animal feeds to ensure that manufacturers of such products adapt new regulations. All products are expected to be certified by Kebs,” explained Mr Ongwae.

According to Mr Ong’wae, Kebs has also included methanol in classified list of dangerous chemicals and set conditions for manufacturers to comply with standards to ensure the safety of alcoholic drinks.

/Business Daily

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