The Kenya Bureau of Standards has approved five new standards to boost the safety and quality of food additives in the market.
KEBS Managing Director, Bernard Njiraini, said the newly approved standards will provide a basis to ascertain the quality, purity, and safety of the food additives.
Njiraini said the use of food additives in food processing is technologically unavoidable with emphasis on justifiable safe use, hence the need to establish quality and safety specification standards.
It is expected that the standards will be used by stakeholders in the food industry including the quality assurance departments, industry, and laboratories.
This is also expected to boost local businesses and the government agenda of increasing the manufacturing of local products for economic growth.