Wednesday July 17, 2019-Dennis Okari's explosive investigation piece on the dirty meat business in the country dubbed Red Alert has received dissenting analysis from a Kenya Veterinary Association surgeon.

Okari, in his detailed research that was aired on NTV, arrived at a conclusion that butchers in Kenya's meat industry particularly in supermarkets were excessively using harmful chemicals to preserve meat, posing a great danger to consumer's health.

However, in a rejoinder to the journalist's finding and conclusion, Dr. Kenneth Wameyo, a veterinary surgeon, through a thread of tweets, debunked Okari's feature terming it "misleading and full of false assertions".

 "The Red Alert feature by Dennis Okari which has been trending raises a lot of questions on the validity of the messages put across by the feature which is quite misleading to the public," tweeted Wameyo.

According to Wameyo, Okari’s feature portrayed sodium metabisulfite, a chemical found to be used by butchers to preserve meat, as dangerous and one that could lead to cancer, a finding he dismissed as untrue.

He argued the chemical poses no direct danger to human beings and was widely being used as a preservative in the agriculture, food and beverage industries.

 "It is important to point out that sodium metabisulfite is not carcinogenic, contrary to the way it has been incorrectly portrayed in the feature. Sodium metabisulfite is a widely used biocide and preservative in the agriculture, food and beverage industries.”

“It poses no direct danger to humans and there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that it causes cancer," he said.

Besies, he dismissed Okari's analysis on grounds that the laboratory where the samples were tested had not been accredited to undertake such tests and "certainly lacked the technical capacity."


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  1. Excessive use of the product does more harm than good, and that is what Okari's feature was driving at. Looking at the side effects of metabisulfite, you cannot easily rule out its casinogenic effects. Of course the manufacutuers and users of the product would not wish that possibility to be true. Read more here:https://nj.gov/health/eoh/rtkweb/documents/fs/1708.pdf