KEBS with the assistance of National Police Service on Thursday 3rd intercepted a consignment of expired rice worth Ksh.2.3 Million.
The expired rice branded “Orient Thai” and packed In 993 bags weighing 25kgs each will be destroyed at the expense owner in addition to any other legal action as provided by the law.
The consignment was nabbed in Ortum, West Pokot County during market surveillance activities.
“Repackaging of food of expired food products is serious malpractice that puts the health of consumers in grave danger,” said Bernard Njiraini, Managing Director, KEBS. “We have intensified market surveillance activities to sustain efforts to get rid of substandard products in the market.”
KEBS monitors the effectiveness and worthiness of quality control measures for products sold in the country through factory inspections, product certifications, market surveillance activities at the factory, and market to ensure that the public is protected from harmful products.
As part of the product certification scheme, KEBS certifies and issues a Standardization Mark of quality permit or Diamond Mark of Quality once the product complies with the relevant Kenya Standard and the manufacturing process conforms to the established scheme of supervision and control that ensures continuous process monitoring during manufacturing.
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Imported products are issued with an Import Standardization Mark (ISM). The mark is traceable to the Unique Consignment Reference (UCR) number after evaluation of the Certificate of Conformance .