Kenya bans importation of maize from Tanzania, Uganda

Written By: Slyvester Ruto

Kenya has with immediate effect banned the importation of maize from Tanzania and Uganda citing safety concerns.

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The letter dated March 5 was written by the acting Director-General of the Agriculture and Food Authority Kello Harsama to Pamela Ahago, KRA Commissioner of Customs and copied to Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya.

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The letter stated that the imports should stop after a study revealed that maize from the two countries contained high levels of mycotoxins.

It further said Mycotoxins, particularly aflatoxins and fumonisins are known to be carcinogenic.

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Harsana said that over the years, a number of acute and chronic aflatoxin-related illness cases have been recorded in Kenya including deaths.

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Mycotoxins are naturally occurring toxins produced by certain moulds (fungi) and can be found in food.

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The moulds grow on a variety of different crops and foodstuffs including cereals often under warm and humid.

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