5 November 2012

Kenya: MP Mututho Raises Red Flag Over Milk Contaminated With Aflatoxin

The parliamentary committee on agriculture has said more than 20 per cent of milk products in the country are the aflotoxin contaminated.

Committee chairman John Mututho investigations have shown the presence of the chemical in some of the milk products in the market. He the presence of the chemical in the milk to feeding of livestock with feed raced with aflotoxin.

"Feed manufacturers and KBS are aware of the problem and failure to address the issue will force us to seek court intervention," he warned.

He declined to name the products, but gave the manufacturers a two-week ultimatum to remove them from shelves. The Naivasha MP claimed some of the milk firms are selling the contaminated products even after being made aware of the findings.

He criticised the Kenya Bureau of Standards for failing to act on reports from the committee. Mututho warned that the committee would name the companies and products affected in a fortnight if no action was taken.

"This is a very serious problem and it will get worse as some farmers in parts of the country have started to harvest," he said. At the same time, Mututho has dropped his intentions of vying for the post of governor in Nakuru County.

Mututho said that would defend his parliamentary seat noting that there were some issues which he wanted to address as an Mp. He was not however clear if he would be going for the Naivasha or Gilgil seat but confirmed that he was in TNA party.

"I have decided to step down in my quest for the post of governor and I will be defending my seat in the coming elections," he said. Mututho pointed out to the pending bill on the flower farm workers as an issue he planned to address if re-elected as Mp.

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