In Summary
  • Dr Sirma said aflatoxin produces carcinogenic substances that can cause different types of cancer.
  • The public health boss cautioned traders against stocking any products that are not fit for human consumption.
  • The destruction of the maize flour was carried out using non-burning method.

Thirty six tonnes of assorted maize flour brands with high aflatoxin levels have been destroyed in Nakuru.

The flour was found unfit for human consumption following a market surveillance carried out by the county government.

The county’s Public Health Chief Officer Samuel King'ori together with Medical Service Director Solomon Sirma led other officers from the Health department in destroying the consignment at Nakuru’s Gioto dumpsite.

The maize flour was seized last month from traders in Gilgil and Naivasha sub-counties.

AFLATOXIN

Dr King'ori said after several tests were done at the Government Chemist, aflatoxin levels in the flour was found to be at 115 parts per billion (ppb), which is 10 times higher than the maximum allowed limit.

“We have been able to do this through a court order that was issued on December 20, 2019 which gave the county government permission to get rid of the harmful product,” Dr King’ori said.

The public health boss cautioned traders against stocking any products that are not fit for human consumption.

“We will raid your shops and stores, seize and destroy all those products as you proceed to face the law. We cannot afford to sit back and watch lives being endangered by traders who aim at selfish gains," Dr King'ori warned.

DESTRUCTION METHOD

The destruction of the maize flour was carried out using non-burning method to ensure there were no harmful emissions.

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