In Summary
  • Kebs urged consumers to submit samples of rice or any other product that they feel do not meet standards.
  • The MD said no one has provided any information so far on the claims of the plastic rice.

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has denied the existence of "plastic rice" in the country.

In a statement to newsrooms, Kebs Managing Director Charles Ongwae said the agency sent its market surveillance team to conduct tests on rice sold in several stores.

He said the test results confirmed that the rice currently in the Kenyan market is safe for consumption.


“There is no basis for the said allegations. The video circulating on social media shows a common process often conducted by manufacturers when recycling plastic materials.

"Through it, used plastic products are recycled and converted into pellets, which can then be re-used to produce various plastic products.

“All imports are tested in the country of origin under the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity Programme. All imports including rice are to be accompanied with Certificates of Conformity when they arrive in the country,” he said.

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