The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has suspended the importation, sale and distribution some peanut butter products from Kenya after Laboratory Tests carried out by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) confirmed high levels of aflatoxin contamination. Aflatoxin is a poisonous cancer-causing compound.
The peanut butter products include Nuteez manufactured by Jetlak Foods Limited, Zesta manufactured by Trufoods Limited, Nutty by Nature Target Distributors, True nuts by Truenutz Kenya, Supa Meal by Supacosm Products Limited, Sue’s Naturals by Nature’s Way Health and Fressy by Fressy Food Company Limited.
“Thus, importers, distributors and retailers are informed to cease the sale and distribution of the aforementioned products and ensure that they are not displayed in retail outlets until further notice,” UNBS says in a statement dated 7th November 2019.
It adds: “All UNBS imports inspectors at border points have been notified to seize consignments of the listed brands. UNBS will continue carrying out market surveillance inspections to ensure that the products are removed from the market. UNBS would like to advise consumers to avoid buying the products. We would like to urge the public to remain vigilant and report the presence of such products on the market…”