The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has refuted claims that it allowed unfit edible oil into the Kenyan market.
- In a statement, the standard body said from the tests done, the edible oil complied with all the health and safety parameters of the applicable Kenya standards.
- However, it noted that the sampled edible oils did not meet the Vitamin A levels specified in the Kenyan Standard.
- A section of the local media reported that KEBS had declared the oil consignment as unfit for human consumption.
“This is not a health and safety parameter, KEBS communicated the results to the Kenya National Trading Corporation,” KEBS said in a statement.
- Kebs said it sampled, re-inspected and tested the edible oils imported by Kenya National Trading Corporation.
- It says it utilizes Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) to asses the quality of products imported into Kenya.
- According to Kebs, PVoC ensures that imported products meet the required standards before entering the Kenyan market, safeguarding consumer safety and promoting fair trade practices.
Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) is a conformity assessment program implemented at the exporting country to guarantee that imported products adhere to the applicable Kenyan Technical Regulations, Mandatory Standards or approved specifications.
The media reported that the KEBS statement comes days after the standard’s body rejected some consignments of edible oils and advised the imported to reship them back to the country of origin within 30 days.