KENYA TO ENHANCE FOOD STANDARDS TO BOOST TRADE

Kenya is enhancing standards in food to help boost trade with other African countries as well as reduce health-related complications and deaths, says the Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Trade, Adan Mohammed.

This will be done through adoption and harmonization of standards developed by the Codex Co-ordinating Committee set up by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization(WHO) to set and supervise food safety standards, he adds.

The Minister said Kenya had already adopted 90 per cent of the standards on food safety. The WHO says diseases from food contamination caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins and chemical lead to deaths of 33 million people globally, 420,000 of them being children aged below five.

Kenya is among countries aiming to improve food safety and nutrition among its citizens under a five-year National Nutrition Action Plan running from 2012-2017. In order to enhance food safety and nutrition, the government, through the Kenya Bureau of Standards, is set to tighten standards developed by the Codex Co-ordinating Committee for Africa (CCC-Africa).

Improving standards in food also creates a room for Kenya to boost exports to other markets, Adan said when addressing the 22nd session of the CCC-Africa here Monday to address issues faced in food nutrition and harmonization of standards on the continent.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK