NAIROBI, KENYA: Police has discovered a scheme by unscrupulous businessmen repackaging expired rice for resale to unsuspecting consumers.
Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) found the expired rice at the godown that has been trading as Kimende Stores in Kariobangi South, Nairobi.
The officers said they found several suspects repackaging the rice into new bags bearing expiry dates from June 2019 to 2021.
The consignment branded ‘Amar’ and ‘Day to Day’ was being packaged into new bags under the name ‘Red Rose’ and ‘Peacock Parboil Five Star’.
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The raid follows a tip-off to the multi-agency team that included police and public health officials.
Among those arrested were the godown’s manager and another worker with the police seeking more suspects, including the owner of the godown. They will appear in court on Thursday.
The raid was conducted by a multi-agency team, which included police and public health officials, following a tip-off from members of the public.
It was further revealed that the businessman has been repacking rice, sugar, and popcorns in new bags showing reviewed manufacturing and expiry dates.
Brazilian sugar repackaged as Ndhiwa Sukari was seized in the building.
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Last year, police arrested two people for repackaging expired wheat flour in Dandora, Nairobi.
This gives an indication that some of the foods in shops could be expired.
“They are feeding Kenyans with poisonous food. This is merciless but we are determined to finish these cartels,” said DCI George Kinoti.
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