Uganda suspends Kenya peanut products

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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has suspended the importation, sale and distribution of the following peanut butter products from Kenya.

Laboratory Tests carried out by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) confirmed high levels of aflatoxin contamination. Aflatoxin is a poisonous cancer-causing compound.

The peanut butter products are:

Brand Name                                          Manufacturer

Nuteez                                      Jetlak Foods Limited

Zesta                                        Trufoods Limited

Nutty by Nature                         Target Distributors

True nuts                                  Truenutz Kenya

Supa Meal                                 Supacosm Products Limited

Sue’s Naturals                           Nature’s Way Health

Fressy                                      Fressy Food Company Limited

Thus, importers, distributors and retailers are informed to cease the sale and distribution of the aforementioned products and ensure that they are not displayed in retail outlets until further notice.

All UNBS imports inspectors at border points have been notified to seize consignments of the listed brands.

UNBS will continue carrying out market surveillance inspections to ensure that the products are removed from the market.

“UNBS would like to advise consumers to avoid buying the products. We would like to urge the public to remain vigilant and report the presence of such products on the market on our toll free line: 0800 133 133,” the regulator said.

UNBS, working with together with manufacturers, traders, consumers, and other government agencies, will continue to perform its mandate of enforcing standards to protect consumer health and safety and the environment against dangerous and sub-standard products.

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