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Step up surveillance of merchandise security


Ceres apple juice packets. PHOTO | COURTESY

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  • The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) must be vigilant to avoid instances where unfit for consumption products end up on the shelves.
  • South African food and beverage manufacturer Pioneer Foods has recalled its Ceres apple juice brands that are sold in Kenya and other markets in the region.

Kenya needs to develop the capacity to detect defective and contaminated products on the market to protect consumers.

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) must be vigilant to avoid instances where unfit for consumption products end up on the shelves.

South African food and beverage manufacturer Pioneer Foods has recalled its Ceres apple juice brands that are sold in Kenya and other markets in the region.

The Common Market Competition Commission for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) said Wednesday that Pioneer Foods had informed it that the affected juice brands were imported and marketed in several countries, including Kenya.

The recalled brands were found to have elevated levels of patulin, a fruit-based mold that when consumed can cause nausea, gastrointestinal upset and vomiting, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Had the company not raised the issue, Kenyan consumers would not have known that they had likely been drinking apple juice with high levels of patulin.

That the product has ended up in shoppers ‘baskets shows Kebs’ vigilance is weak.

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