The Kenya Bureau of Standards has suspended 7 Peanut Butter Products over high aflatoxin content. Aflatoxins are a family of toxins produced by certain fungi found on agricultural crops such as maize and peanuts.
The bureau also ordered the manufacturers to discontinue and effectively recall the substandard goods following surveillance on peanut butter in the country.
Following the continued market surveillance on the state of peanut butter in the country, KEBS wish to inform the public that the following products have been suspended…,” a statement by KEBS read in parts.
“They confirm that their levels of aflatoxin are higher than the limit allowed. KEBS has also suspended these companies’ permits,” added KEBS. The statutory body also directed and firms manufacturing the affected products to discontinue, recall them from the market and take corrective measures to ensure they adhere to the set standards.
KEBS has suspended the following products :
· True Nuts by Truenutz Kenya.
· Fressy by Fressy Food Company Limited.
· Supa Meal by Supacosm Products Limited.
· Nuteez by Jetlak Food Limited.
· Sue’s Naturals by Nature’s Way Health.
· Zesta by Truefoods Limited.
· Nutty by Nature manufactured by Target Distributors.
Aflatoxins have received greater attention for their acute poisonous effects in humans.
In January, Nuteez peanut butter was suspended by KEBS over the same issue before the suspension was lifted in April. The agency on said the manufacturer, Jetlak Foods Ltd, had addressed the gaps that were identified concerning control of incoming raw materials, production process and final product testing.
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