The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has launched an investigation into the safety of Indomie’s products following health issue concerns.
The move comes one month after more than 700 cartons of the widely-consumed noodles brand were pulled off supermarket shelves in Egypt after they were found to contain a proportion of aflatoxins and pesticide residues that exceed the safe limits allowed for human consumption.
Banned flavours included indomie’s chilli packets and the chicken and vegetable flavour packets.
On Thursday, 5th May the Consumers Federation of Kenya (Cofek) warned Kenyans against over-consuming Indomie noodles noting that the product is unfit for human consumption.
“We advise consumers to refrain from either consuming and or purchasing any imported Indomie until necessary verification is conducted by the Kenya Bureau of Standards and other relevant agencies,” Cofek said in a statement.
Indomie is a popular brand of instant noodles produced by the Indonesian company Indofood. The company is the largest instant noodle producer in the world with 16 factories, which produce 15 billion packets of Indomie annually. Kenya-based Salim Wazaran Kenya – a subsidiary of the Indonesian giant noodle maker – supplies the product in Kenya.
The Indomie investigation by Kebs comes some weeks after the regulator laid some investigations on the popular chocolate product, Kinder Joy, by Italian candy maker Ferrero after some European markets withdrew the products from the supermarket shelves over salmonella fears