BUYER BEWARE:Five maize flour brands banned over high levels of aflatoxin

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Five brands of maize flour have been banned over high levels of aflatoxin.

In a statement, the Kenya Bureau of Statistics (KEBS) has announced that the brands had not met the proper standards and requirements to be sold in the market.

KEBs said that the brands had failed to meet the standards because of the high-level aflatoxin surpassing the maximum limit allowed by relevant Kenya Standards.

The five brands are; Dola Maize meal, Kifaru Maize Meal, Starehe Maize meal, 210 Two Ten Maize meal and Jembe Maize meal.

Following consistent market surveillance and testing, it has been established that the brands have failed because their levels of aflatoxin are higher than the maximum limit allowed by relevant Kenya Standards,” KEBS warned.

KEBs has also stated that drastic measures have been taken to suspend the manufactures’ permits and stopped them from selling the products including all supermarkets have been directed to pull the products off their shelves.

“Additionally, the manufacturers are required to recall all the substandard maize meal products from the market and immediately institute corrective measures whose effectiveness shall be confirmed by KEBS before the suspension of permits is lifted,” the statement stated.

The Bureau will continue to conduct market surveillance and factory inspections to make sure such products do not sail through the market.