Kenya: Laboratory tests in Nakuru reveal sugar unsafe for human consumption


Several bags of sugar has been removed from Kenya’s Nakuru market after the laboratory tests revealed lead in it which is unsafe for human consumption. The tests also found a high level of aflatoxin in maize which was also removed from the market.

George Gachomba, deputy county public health officer, said, tests were done during regular food quality surveillance. According to the health department, Egyptian sugar, Star brown sugar and Malawi brown sugar brands were found with a high content of lead in sugar.

The laboratory test report stated that lead in condemned sugar stood at 0.85 Parts Per Million (PPM) against accepted limits of 0.5 PPM.

“This is very unfortunate that traders are supplying sugar which is not healthy for human consumption,” said Gachomba.

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