KEBS approves 11 standards for meat products, develops rabbit feed standards

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards has approved 11 standards that will safeguard consumers from fraudulent sellers of meat products. They prescribe the procedure to be used in the screening, testing and analysis of the samples obtained for authentication in cases of both fresh cuts and meat derived products. The bureau had kicked off the process of reviewing meat standards in mid-August where it sought views from potential users, in respect of relevance and effectiveness of the standards in addressing current market needs, regulatory needs and scientific and technological…

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KEBS to receive increased government funding to support SMEs

KENYA – The Kenyan government has pledged to increase funding to its chief regulatory body, the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), to support Kenyan businesses as they expand into regional markets. The pledge comes against the background of increased exports by Kenyan firms to regional markets and an agreement that allows countries in East Africa to share quality standards. This means goods certified in Kenya will not need to be retested after export into the region and vice versa. In a press conference held at Alba hotel, the Industrialization Permanent…

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Kenyan retailers move to comply with flour brands withdrawal orders

KENYA – Supermarkets have moved to comply with an order by the standards regulator, Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), to withdraw 27 maize and porridge flour brands over quality concerns. The Retail Traders Association of Kenya (Retrak) said supermarkets had removed from their shelves the products in line with the KEBS order. When asked whether members of the association had complied with the order, the Retrak CEO, Wambui Mbarire informed Business Daily that they had done so. Retrak is the voice of the retail industry with the main objective being…

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KEBS probes Spanish olive oil safety following withdrawal from foreign markets

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) is looking into the safety of a popular brand of Spanish olive oil after the product was withdrawn from supermarket shelves in some markets, including the United Arabs Emirates (UAE), for allegedly containing cancer-causing chemicals. Olive oil has become popular in diets in the world propped by its numerous health benefits, including cutting the risk of heart attacks. It is an oil high in an ingredient known as monounsaturates (MUFA) required to regulate cholesterol levels, and vitamin E, which helps to stave…

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Supreme Court snubs appeal by Kenyan milling firm to stop condemnation of imported sugar

KENYA – United Millers’, a milling company in Kenya, bid to halt a court decision to destroy 30,000 bags of sugar earlier declared by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) as unfit for human consumption in 2018 has proved futile. The case was dismissed by the High Court and later by the Court of Appeal, but the company, still determined to overturn the decision, moved to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court snubbed the case, saying there is nothing on the interpretation of the constitution to be determined. KEBS had…

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Kenya adopts new standards to govern fast-growing food additives market

KENYA – Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), the government standards agency has approved five new standards aimed to boost the safety and quality of food additives in the market. The adopted guidelines are aimed to provide a basis to ascertain the quality, purity, and safety of the food additives, which according to KEBS Managing Director, Ltd. Col. (Rtd) Bernard Njiraini, it’s the first step to ensure safe use as guided by the General Standard for Food additives. “As a matter of fact, the use of food additives in food processing…

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