Shopkeepers in Murang’a give out stocked sugar for testing

Scores of business persons in parts of Murang’a County have voluntarily given out sugar they have stocked for selling to be tested of poisonous chemicals.

In Mathioya Sub County, during a raid conducted by security officers led by area Deputy county commissioner Jamleck Mbuba Friday, shopkeepers gave out all the sugar they had stored for testing to ascertain if the same was safe for human consumption.

Mbuba said the business people cooperated to give out sugar for testing which has in effect occasioned scarcity of the commodity in many parts of the sub county.

Officers from Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) took samples of the sugar for testing and we expect the exercise to be done before the end of the week. If the sugar will be found safe for human consumption, it will be given back to the shop keepers, he added.

The deputy county commissioner lauded the traders for supporting the fight against contraband sugar saying the move may end up saving many lives in the county.

During the raid, some private stores were found to be unhygienic for food stuff storage with public health officers warning some of the buildings risked being condemned from further handling of any consumables.

Mbuba said during the raid, one businessman was arrested after he was found keeping expired 20 bales of maize flour.

It is regrettable that some business people don’t follow recommended conditions in handling human food meant for sale. We found some stores simply unhygienic to handle any food stuffs, remarked the county commissioner.

Meanwhile, major supermarkets in Murang’a have withdrawn locally packaged sugar from their shelves following intensified crackdown on contraband sugar.

A spot check by KNA in leading supermarkets revealed that the dealers withdrew locally packaged stock leaving only sugar from established factories for fear of police raids, as a contingent of police led by Kiharu and Kigumo sub county deputy commissioners combed the region for contraband sugar.

At Kangari market in Kigumo, 60 sacks of the sugar seized in a shop were taken to Kigumo police station to wait investigations.

Source: Kenya News Agency