Kenya adopts new standards to boost food safety

Kenya adopts new standards to boost food safety. [Image: Courtesy]
NAIROBI, Kenya — The Kenya Bureau of standards (KEBS) has approved five new standards that will boost the safety and quality of food additives in the market.

KEBS Managing Director Benard Njiraini said the new standards will provide a basis to ascertain the quality, purity and safety of food additives.

He says this move is important since it ensures safe use as guided by the General Standard for Food Additives.

“The use of food additives in food processing is technologically unavoidable with emphasis on justifiable safe use hence the need to establish quality and safety specification standards. This will facilitate trade while ensuring safe and sufficient food for a growing economy.” He said

Njiraini added that food additives will be produced, prepared and handled in accordance with the code of practice for hygiene in the food industry.

The newly approved standards are top in the priority list for food additives based on volume of use in Kenya and East Africa thus facilitating trade.

It is also expected that the standards will boost local businesses and the government’s agenda to increase the manufacturing of local products for economic growth.

The demand for food additives in the food industry has increased. This therefore creates the need for specifications to be formulated for commonly used additives to determine their quality and safety.

KEBS is a government agency responsible for governing and maintaining the standards and practices of metrology in Kenya.