In Summary
  • Meat taken from some supermarkets in Kiambu, Machakos and Tharaka Nithi were found to contain the preservative.
  • Sodium metabisulphite is a whitish, powdery compound that resembles glucose and is commonly known as dawa ya nyama.

Most supermarkets still stock and sell meat preserved using a banned chemical, Ministry of Health has revealed.

In sample tests, the Health ministry found that four out of 201 meat samples from supermarkets in nine counties still contained high levels of meat preservative, sodium metabisulfite.

CHEMICAL

This comes almost two months since an NTV exposé revealed how unscrupulous businesses were using the poisonous chemical to preserve meat products.

The Ministry however, did not list the types of meat it tested in the latest analysis.

Meat taken from some supermarkets in Kiambu, Machakos and Tharaka Nithi were found to contain the preservative. Ten of the 27 samples taken from Nakuru are yet to be released.

"Some of the supermarkets apply the preservative in excess of the recommended maximum levels,” read in part a statement sent to newsrooms.

County governments initiated prosecution of the owners of the supermarkets and meat outlets which were found to have meat and meat products exceeding the maximum permitted limits of sodium metabisulfite, the Ministry added.

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