Man arrested with 300kg uninspected meat, Kenyans cite KEBS negligence

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Police officers in Nyeri County have seized 300kg of uninspected meat at a residential house.

According to police, the residential house belongs to John Ndegwa, a suspect who fled after learning that his alleged stash had been discovered.

Ndegwa was previously arrested on April 16, 2019, with uninspected meat that he had stashed in three freezers.

In April, the authorities also discovered two carcasses hidden in gunny bags where they assumed the mean had come from.

Mr Joseph Macharia, a public health officer, said the meat is being kept in an unhealthy manner and since it had not been infected it was unfit for human consumption.

An Investigative Report by NTV journalist Dennis Okari has put the Kenya Bureau of Standards on the spotlight after it revealed that some supermarkets put corrosive chemicals in meat to preserve them.

This chemical is referred to as Sodium Metabisulfite, which according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is harmful to human beings and has been linked to 13 deaths and many illnesses, mainly among asthmatics.

KOT are now calling for KEBS officials to put more efforts into the inspection of meat, citing negligence that is impacting on the health of the nation.

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