KEBS releases update on Indomie after security issue

KEBS cleared the air saying that the products in Kenya are in no way related to those recalled in Egypt.

Acting head of testing at KEBS, Tom Oduor, said he had received 94 samples and that testing requests were pending for pesticide residues and aflatoxins.

“We have received 94 instant noodle samples from our market surveillance teams, and at the moment the requests for testing are for two, namely pesticide residues and aflatoxins,” he stated.

Odor, however, pointed out that pesticide testing can take time due to the process of preparing a sample and the number of pesticides being tested.

“For pesticides, the tests will take a little longer because we take about 4 hours to prepare a sample. And when we talk about pesticide residues, we’re not talking about just one, it’s a very large population of about 80 pesticides being processed in a single sample,” Oduor said.

KEBS Director Bernard Njiraini said the results of the preliminary tests carried out did not show any toxic substances that could harm noodle consumers, he said the amounts of aflatoxins in the samples were minimal and safe for consumers of the product.

Njiraini clarified that noodles consumed locally were not imported but made locally.

“We have not imported any product from Egypt. However, we have a local instant noodle maker Indomie. The brand might be a franchise, but the company producing this material is sourcing it locally while importing some of the ingredients,” he added.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), exposure to large amounts of pesticides causes acute food poisoning and can even lead to cancer.

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