The Kenya Dairy Board and public health officials in Kisii yesterday impounded 300 litres of milk and arrested 20 hawkers. During the operation dubbed 'anti-hawking of milk', the confiscated milk was found to be unfit for human consumption.
Kisii KDB manager David Akungu said the milk had been adulterated with penicillin and hydrogen peroxide. "The suspects will be charged in court later in the day for flouting health regulations," Akungu said. He said the suspects had packed the milk in unapproved containers while others were not observing hygiene.
"Others were found to have adulterated the milk with water and flour," Akungu said. The manager said the crackdown was launched to safeguard the people against consuming the milk. He said Kisii has a high number of unlicensed milk hawkers and they will not allow them to compromise the health of the residents. Akungu cautioned the public against buying milk from illegal hawkers. "We are telling the public to buy milk from licensed milk dealers and not from the streets,"
Akungu said. He said the operation will continue until the culprits are apprehended. Akungu said the dealers should sell their milk to cooperative societies.