Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) is set to destroy 993 bags of expired rice worth 2.3 million shillings that was being repackaged ready to be sold to unsuspecting Kenyans.
The rice was seized in Ortum, West Pokot County, during an inspection by officials from the agency.
With the assistance of officers from the National Police Service (NPS), KEBS intercepted the expired rice, branded “KPL” and “Orient Thai”, packed in 25 kgs bags.
“Repackaging of food of expired food products is serious malpractice that puts the health of consumers in grave danger,” said Lt.Col (Rtd.) Bernard Njiraini, Managing Director, KEBS.
“We have intensified market surveillance activities to sustain efforts to get rid of substandard products in the market,” he added.
KEBS monitors the effectiveness of quality control measures for products sold in the country through factory inspections, product certifications, market surveillance activities at the factory, and market to ensure that the public is protected from harmful products.
As part of the product certification scheme, KEBS certifies and issues a Standardization Mark (SM) permit or Diamond Mark of Quality once the product complies with the relevant Kenya Standard and the manufacturing process conforms to the established scheme of supervision and control that ensures continuous process monitoring during manufacturing.
Imported products are issued with an Import Standardization Mark (ISM) which is traceable to the Unique Consignment Reference (UCR) number after evaluation of the Certificate of Conformance (CoC).