60% of imported sugar declared unfit for human consumption

It is now confirmed that 60 percent of the alleged contraband sugar imported during the duty free window is unfit for human consumption.

The Ministry of Health says tests done on samples from confiscated sugar in more than seven counties indicate that the sweeteners fail to meet the standard moisture content for sugar as required under the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS).

KEBS is on the spot for turning a blind eye and allowing the flooding of the Kenyan market with the contraband sugar imported into the country between July and December 2017.

Appearing before the Parliamentary Committee probing the entry of contraband sugar, Health Principal Secretary, Peter Tum, said the ministry has already written to county governments to have the unfit consignment of withdrawn from the market and destroyed immediately.

The committee put to task top officers from the Kenya Bureau of Standards for granting access the contraband sugar which failed all its tests.

The committee further questioned why KEBS issued certificates of importation to companies on different condition after it emerged that some importers sold the imported sugar not fit for consumption directly to consumers while others were forced to re-process it.

KEBS indicating that only four companies have been approved to import raw sugar.

KEBS have until Wednesday morning to submit test results of sugar already in the market before the committee tables its final report on the floor of the house on Thursday..


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