Friday, July 19, 2019- The Health Ministry and Nairobi County conducted a random survey on safety of meat sold in various outlets in the city and six of the 40 samples had excess amounts of Sodium Metabisulfite.
While Sodium Metabisulfite is a common preservative in the food industry, it is toxic when used in large doses.
This comes after NTV journalist Dennis Okari, did an expose dubbed, Red Meat, showing how most Supermarkets in Nairobi misuse this chemical to prong the shelf life of meat in their outlets.
Yesterday, Machakos Governor, Dr. Alfred Mutua shut the meat section in three Naivasa Branches in his county.
Other Supermarkets flagged for selling meat with his doses of sodium Metabisulfite include:
Naivas Buruburu(15,604 mg/kg of sodium metabisulfite)
Muthaiga fine Meat Limited(8783 mg/kg)
Tuskys Kenyatta Avenue(63,326 mg/kg).
Tuskys Makadara was found with 512 mg/kg
Tuskys Buruburu recorded 44.5 mg/kg.
Meanwhile, Naivas Supermarket has suspended the sale of red meat across all its stores
the whole stock of red meat will be subjected to a thorough lab test and a step-by-step verification of each participant along the whole meat value chain.
“We will only be selling white meat for now in all our butcheries.”
“Customer welfare remains paramount for the firm and that Naivas does not use or condone the use of any chemical preservatives for meat products,” Naivas Chief Commercial Officer Willy Kimani said in a statement and warned that the company will take strong legal action against anybody found to have supplied contaminated meat to Naivas.
The Kenyan DAILY POST.