KEBS nods standards for hermetic grain storage bags

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has given a nod to two new standards that will guide quality and safety requirements for hermetic bags designed for grain storage. Through the new standards, KEBS has addressed the use of hermetic storage for woven polypropylene bags and rigid plastic silos for the storage of dried food commodities, derived products and seeds without the use of pesticides as a preservative in storage. “As part of our contribution to food security, these standards will go a long way in ensuring that grains…

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KEBS issues temporary ban to 14 flour brands over safety concerns

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has ordered the manufacturers of 14 maize flour brands that it deemed unfit for human consumption to withdraw the products from the market. According to the bureau, the manufacturers of the 14 brands did not comply with the required standards. The affected brands include Ndovu maize flour, Prestige sifted maize, sima tamu, range corn, top white, diamond sifted maize, Bel’s organic, winnies ugali afya, family. Others are Jasiri sifted maize, Jema sifted maize, Mugambo sifted maize, Jibe maize flour and Jodari. The…

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KEBS, Agriculture Ministry report elevated cases of poultry feed contamination

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and Agriculture Ministry officials have estimated that over 80 per cent of poultry feeds on the market is contaminated with substances like sand, ash and sawdust. According to Dr Sabriano Mbae Mbauni of the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), feed adulteration is widespread, but it is more pronounced in the areas that have a high concentration of poultry and dairy cattle, which includes Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Murang’a and others. Thousands of poultry farmers in Kirinyaga County are languishing in poverty due…

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Kenyan government moots for products standardization

KENYA –  The government of Kenya has underscored the need for standardization while urging manufacturers to always ensure their products have standardization quality marks. The Principal Secretary for Industrialization, Kirimi Kaberia, who officiated a ceremony to mark the World Standards Day (WSD) in Nairobi, said standards are key in enhancing sustainable development. “Standards enable all the dimension of sustainable development; the environment, the economy, and society and play a key role in supporting a distributed government model,” he expressed. A standardization mark is given to a product or products that…

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KEBS receives tools to augment reliability of test results

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has received certified reference materials (CRMs) in a bid to enhance quality control in analytical laboratory tests. Acting Chief Manager for testing services at KEBS, Tom Okumu described CRMs as highly characterized products with known qualities or properties. It is these properties, he added, that help in assuring the quality of results received from the laboratories. The CRMs are used for quality control in analytical testing laboratories to demonstrate and give assurance on reliability and accuracy of test results released by laboratories…

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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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