Manufacturers in Kenya have urged the government to take stern action against the illegal repackaging of sugar.
According to the local media report, the officials of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) said that the sugar is illegally smuggled into the country through a porous border and is entering the domestic market without any quality check, posing a health risk to consumers.
As per a news report published in .businessdailyafrica.com, manufacturers want stiffer enforcement of sugar packaging regulations to curb abuse by some retailers suspected of repackaging and rebranding contrabands in their names.
The government should increase surveillance to keep a check on these types of illegal activities, said the manufacturers. They have also urged the Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) to ensure that the repackaging and rebranding of the illegally smuggled sugar is halted.
Joyce Opondo, chairperson of the sugar subsector at KAM said these illegal sugars cause distortions in the market, compromise sugar quality, and leads to loss of government revenue.