Fresh Fri Cooking Oil Among Those Suspended Over Safety

by Business Watch Team

The Kenya Bureau of Standards has suspended 10 brands of edible fats and cooking oil which they said are unfit for consumption.

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.

In a statement, KEBS said the suspension was to bring to the attention of the public and stop them from purchasing substandard 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. Consequently, Kenyans were advised to check the quality of various cooking oils before purchasing the products.

To this effect, KEBS detailed how Kenyans could certify that cooking oils had been approved by the body for consumption.

“One should send the code (numbers) underneath the Standardization Mark logo to 20023 (i.e. type message SM# Code or ISM#code, for local and imported products respectively, and SMS to 20023) to get product manufacturing details and permit validity status.

“If the details are different, invalid, or not traceable to the platform, retailers should not purchase, stock, or offer for sale the products but instead report to KEBS through toll-free number 1545 during official working hours 8 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm from Monday to Friday,” read the statement in part

After the statement by KEBS, the Consumers Federation of Kenya (COFEK) advised Kenyans to avoid purchasing the brands until they rectified the anomalies.

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