The Kenya Bureau of Standards has seized 10 brands of edible oil and cooking oil it declared unfit for consumption.
Kebs said in a statement that the suspension was done to alert the public and stop them from buying substandard products.
“Brands of edible oils and fats that do not meet the standard requirements, and ask the good office members to recall these brands and remove them from the supply chain in stores throughout the country.” read part of the statement.
“This is not a ban on the brand, but a temporary suspension to protect consumers from dangerous products.”
Peter Kaigwara, the director of market surveillance at Kebs, said they had recently sourced and analyzed the brands of oil and fats that could be produced by several oil refineries in Kenya. He said it aims to fulfill its mandate to protect the health and economic well-being of consumers. ensure a level playing field.
“Samples were collected from retail stores and assessed against the requirements of the Standards Act and the Specifications of Foods and Fats in the relevant product standard KS EAS 769: KS 2019,” he said.
The authority said it is to protect the economic interests of non-compliant manufacturing brands to open and implement effective and corrective actions under the supervision of Kebs. This suspension is to ensure that non-compliant brands comply with Kenyan Standard and Standard 496, Kenyan Law before entering the market,” he said.
He said, the products received must be approved by KEBS before being placed on the shelves