Continued market surveillance conducted by the Kenya Bureau of Standards has identified substandard peanut butter on sale in the Kenyan Market. Test results undertaken by KEBS confirmed that a number of peanut butter brands contained high levels of aflatoxins higher than the maximum limit allowed by the Standard.
“KEBS wishes to inform the public that the following products have been suspended and the company manufacturing the ordered to discontinue, recall all the substandard products as well as institute corrective actions,” read the official statement.
Among the brands whose peanut butter was suspended include;
- .True Nuts by Truenutz Kenya
- Fressy by Fressy Foods Company Limited
- Supa meal by Supacosm Products Limited
- Nuteez by Jetlak Food Limited
- Sue’s Naturals by Nature’s Way Health
- Zesta by True Foods Limited
- Nutty by Nature from Target Distributors
KEBS went ahead to suspended permits of these companies which allows them to use the Standardization Mark of quality and directed the firms to recall all their products. Manufacturers of peanut butter have been instructed to put in place corrective actions in their processes to ensure that their products comply with the quality specifications in the Standard, for the suspension to be lifted.
To protect the public from more harmful products, KEBS has promised to continue to undertake surveillance of these products at the factory and the market and has promised to work with all government institutions, in the peanut butter value chain to resolve the root cause of the problem of aflatoxins in unprocessed groundnuts.