The Kenya bureau of standards on Saturday banned five maize meal brands from the market.
KEBS Managing Director Bernard Njiraini said the five brands Dola, Kifaru, Jembe, Starehe and 210 contains high levels of aflatoxin than those required by the standardization body.
According to Njiraini, Dola maize flour from Kitui Flour Mills, Kifaru maize meal from Alpha Grain Limited, Pan African Grain Millers owned Starehe Maize meal, 210 maize meal owned by Kenblest Limited and Kensalrise Limited owned brand Jembe should not be circulated and stocked in any wholesale, retail shops or consumed in the country.
He said the brands did not meet the required standards and according to continuous inspection by the body the millers failed to attain the required standards.
Failed the test
“We license these companies annually after we have tested their products and after our successful exercise, the five companies failed the test, we have from today banned their products in the market,” he said.
He urged all small traders and other retail and wholesale shops stocking the brand to hand it over to the standard body for destruction.
“The high standards of aflatoxins are extremely dangerous to human beings, immediately they adhere to our required standards we will uplift the ban, but the current status is that these food is unfit for human consumption,” he added.
Meanwhile, Njiraini has appealed to the public to be on the lookout and report anyone or business entities that will be stocking the condemned maize meal.