The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has suspended 10 brands of cooking oil over health safety concerns.
Cooking oil brands that were affected by the directive issued by KEBS included Fresh Fri with Garlic Oil, Fry Mate, Bahari Fry, Fresh Fri, Gold and Pure Olive Gold, Postman, Rina, Salit, Tilly and Top Fry.
KEBS explained that the decision was reached after it sampled some of the cooking oil products. However, it was noted that the suspension was temporary.
“The listed brands of non-compliant edible oils and fats that failed to meet the requirements of the standard: and to request your good office to notify your members to recall these brands and remove them from the supply chain from your members’ outlets across the country.
“Kindly note that this is not a ban on the brands but a temporary suspension to facilitate the protection of consumers from potentially unsafe products, safeguard the economic interests of manufacturers of compliant brands and allow the manufacturers of the non-compliant brands to initiate and put in place effective corrective action under KEBS supervision,” read the statement in part.
KEBS added that the cooking oils will only be allowed back to the market after meeting the required standards.