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July 19, 2019
#RedAlert: Supermarket bosses face arrest over contaminated meat
Naivas Supermarkets Chief Commercial Officer
Willy Kimani at the central butchery on Mombasa Road on July 16, 2019.
PHOTO | SALATON NJAU
Executives of supermarkets whose
stock of meat was found to have toxic chemicals with levels unfit for
human consumption will be arrested and charged in court.
Health Secretary Sicily Kariuki on Thursday ordered for the arrest
and prosecution of the supermarket executives and owners of other meat
selling outlets found culpable.
“I have directed the joint teams from the Ministry of Health in
Nairobi and Machakos counties to close and seize all meat products from
the affected retail outlets,” said the CS.
The order comes after tests conducted on samples collected from
supermarkets and other outlets in Nairobi and Machakos counties were
found to contain Sodium Metabisulfite.
According to the health ministry, the results of random tests
revealed that six out of 40 samples were contaminated with chemicals.
The CS ordered the tests following an exposé by NTV that how
unscrupulous traders have been using Sodium Metabisulfite to preserve
meat products with the aim of keeping them looking fresh for long.