KEBS Managing Director Bernard Njiraini resumes office pending appeal decision

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has revealed that its Managing Director, Mr. Bernard Njiraini, has resumed office pending a final court decision. “Thank you for this information however the MD Lt Col (Rtd.) Bernard N. Njiraini is back in the office,” read the tweet. The High Court suspended a decision that quashed the appointment of Mr. Njiraini…

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KEBS hands Indomie in Kenyan market clean bill of health

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has handed a clean bill of health to the recently recalled brand of instant noodles Indomie said to be laden with excess amounts of pesticide residues and aflatoxins. The regulator has cleared the air saying that the products in Kenya are in no way linked to the ones recalled in Egypt. Bernard…

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KEBS confirms safety of Kinder Joy products in Kenya

KENYA – Tests conducted by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has indicated that Kinder Joy products imported into the country are safe for consumption. KEBS had embarked on the analysis to dispel fears among consumers that the consumption of the said chocolate, which was withdrawn from most markets after the European Food Safety Authority detected about 134 Salmonella cases…

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KEBS launches investigation following Ferrero’s recall of chocolate products

KENYA – Following the recall of popular chocolate products by Italian candy maker Ferrero, the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has launched an investigation to look into the products’ safety. The precautionary recall was due to the possibility of a link with a salmonella outbreak originating in the UK that has left mostly young children ill.  The number of cases…

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KEBS approves 28 new standards for agro-processing, agriculture products

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has approved 28 new standards for agro-processing and agriculture products, encompassing adoption of Codex standards primed to manage food allergens, corrigenda on dried peaches as well as grading of meat and poultry products. The standard, KS EAS 38:2014, requires the declaration of allergen status on products that commonly cause allergic reactions. Food…

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KEBS urges local manufacturers to ensure quality of products

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has urged local manufacturers to ensure quality products that are safe and can effectively compete in the market. Speaking during a meeting with CEOs of companies from the region, Charles Musee, KEBS Coast Regional Manager, said they have embarked on rapid testing of commodities, including imported maize, to ensure it is free…

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KEBS to provide services at reduced costs to Uasin Gishu SMEs

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), has passed a policy geared at supporting the growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Uasin Gishu County, through a reduction in the cost of service offered. The new SMEs policy is envisioning a vibrant sector sustainably producing high quality products accessible to local and global markets. An announcement issued by…

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Kenya reinforces border surveillance to ensure maize safety

KENYA – As farmers from the East African Community start exporting their produce from this season, Kenya has stepped up surveillance along its borders to guarantee the safety of maize. “We have positioned our laboratories to do rapid tests. We have intensified our surveillance, testing and frequency and we can guarantee Kenyans that the maize that is coming into the…

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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…

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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,…

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