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KEBS Issues Statement Days After Harmful Juice Brand Was Recalled From Market

Government agency, Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), has at last given an assertion with respect to the harmful juice brand that was recalled from the market on Wednesday, October 13.

In a detailed statement shared on their social media media page on Friday evening, October 15, KEBS noticed that the juice brand had not been released into the market for circulation subsequent to arriving in the country on September 28, from South Africa. From their operation, they seized batches of Ceres apple juice at the distributor's depot in Nairobi's Industrial Area, after its samples were found to contain higher levels of patulin.

"A team of KEBS officers visited their premises situated along Lunga Lunga Road in Industrial area in Nairobi, on Thursday and affirmed that the 300 cases of 12 x 1 liter batches of Ceres apple juice imported from South Africa, have not been released into the market," the assertion read to some degree.

KEBS visited the premises after alarm was raised by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Competition Commission. Kenya was among the nations that had imported the juice brand.

The government agency noticed that it had taken different samples for additional laboratory analysis to verify in case they are likewise contaminated. "The affected batch has been put under seizure awaiting disposal of the same based on self-declared compliance. Meanwhile, applying the principle of extent analysis, sample were drawn from other batches of the product from within the premises of Weetabix East Africa Limited for analysis, to affirm if the exceedances in the levels of the contaminant is limited to just the affected batch or extends to other batches clusters," their assertion read.

To ensure that the consumers are protected, KEBS vowed to increase its operations to seal all loopholes that necessitate such products finding their way into the Kenyan market.

"Further surveillance of similar products in the market will be conducted in the ensuing days to confirm that juices sold in the country are safe. All entry points have been made aware to be on the lookout to ensure that none of the affected batches get entry into the Kenyan market," they added.

They maintained the juice brand will only be released into the market upon confirmation that it is safe for human consumption.

"Juices have been put on the high-risk list, to be released only upon affirmation that requirements, particularly in the contamination issue, patulin, have been complied with." As per the World Health Organization (WHO), patulin may cause nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances and vomiting.

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