The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has suspended the importation, sale and distribution of the following peanut butter products from Kenya after Laboratory Tests carried out by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) confirmed high levels of aflatoxin contamination.
Aflatoxin is a poisonous cancer-causing compound.
The peanut butter products are:
According to a letter addressed to the public, UNBS warns that importers, distributors and retailers should cease the sale and distribution of the aforementioned products and ensure that they are not displayed in retail outlets until further notice.
“All UNBS imports inspectors at border points have been notified to seize consignments of the listed brands,” reads part of the statement.
UNBS stated that it will continue carrying out market surveillance inspections to ensure that the products are removed from the market.
The body also advised consumers to avoid buying the products.
“We would like to urge the public to remain vigilant and report the presence of such products on the market on our toll free line: 0800 133133.”
“UNBS, working together with manufacturers, traders, consumers, and other government agencies, will continue to perform its mandate of enforcing standards to protect consumer health and safety and the environment against dangerous and sub-standard products.”
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is a statutory body responsible for developing and promoting standards, quality products and services to facilitate fair trade, promote local industries and protect consumers.