Supermarkets Put on Notice over Illegal Repackaging of Food Products

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) on Wednesday, October 28, warned supermarkets selling repackaged food products without a Standardization Mark.

The agency said that such retailers risks losing permits and prosecution in a court of law.

According to KEBS boss Bernard Njiraini, most supermarkets, are selling illegally repackaged food products such as sugar, rice and cooking fat.

“This is in contravention of the Standards Act, Cap 496, Laws of Kenya that requires persons involved in repackaging of products to acquire the KEBS Standardization Mark permit,” Njiraini said.

KEBS requirements stipulate that all repackaged products should comply with the labelling specifications of the respective Kenya Standards.

The products should have the Standardization Mark (SM) permit or the Diamond Mark of Quality (DM).

For a repackaged product to get the Diamond Mark of Quality, it must have important information that must be incorporated on food product labels.

They include; name of the product, list of ingredients, net content, name and address of manufacturer, country of origin, date marking, and instructions for use and storage conditions.

Supermarket. Photo/Courtesy

Njiraini further warned that any outlet that contravenes any of the provisions of subsections of the Standards Act, Cap 496, of the Laws of Kenya mentioned above or fails to comply with any conditions in a permit, shall be guilty of an offence.

He urged the public to report any product suspected to be substandard.

“We encourage the general public to ‘Wajibika Na KEBS’ and be on the lookout for products suspected to be substandard and officers suspected to lack integrity,” Njiraini added.

Consumers can verify the S Mark permit on a product by sending the code underneath the S Mark to 20023 (SM#Code).

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