Tons of suspected contaminated sugar netted in Nyahururu
Tons of unlabeled sugar has been impounded in Nyahururu town as the crackdown on contaminated sugar intensified.
A team of security agents led by Nyandarua County Commissioner Boaz Cherutich and Central Regional Police Commander Francis Munyambu, raided several outlets in Nyahururu and Ol Kalau towns, where tons of unlabeled sugar were impounded.
At Mugo wholesalers in Nyahururu, the team recovered several tons of the sugar repackaged in unlabeled plastic bags and sacks.
The trader, who also runs Mugo supermarkets was found to have stocked sugar in plastic bags bearing his brand name, that were not certified by the Kenya Bureau of Standards.
“The sugar should not be sold to the public as it is unlabeled. The source of the sugar is not known as the packets are not labeled, their expiry date and date of manufacture are not indicated,” noted KEBS Officer Hassan Muhammed.
A supervisor at the outlet decried confusion by the government agencies that demanded a lot of contradicting compliances, noting “they have never come to us to let us know what they require of us.”
“Our sugar is not poisonous as alleged. We will provide all papers and certificates about where we got our sugar as police are also conducting their investigations,” noted Jamaa Supermarket on its Facebook page. The outlet’s Ol Kalau branch was also searched.
The team comprised officers from Public Health, KEBS, National Environmental Management Authority, Kenya Revenue Authority and the police.
By Anne Sabuni