The Consumers Federation of Kenya (Cofek) has warned Kenyans against over-consumption of Indomie products following reports that it contains high aflatoxins and pesticide residues.
According to Cofek, some of the toxic Indomie in the country are said to contain aflatoxins and therefore 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 on Wednesday, 4th May.
Cofek also urged the market suppliers and consumers to hold off on purchasing the product until appropriate tests have been conducted.
“Those who may have purchased Indomie are requested to ensure samples are tested in credible laboratories before consumption. We urge all responsible supermarkets and other retailers of Indomie to voluntarily get the product off the shelf for a couple of weeks as tests are conducted.
“We urge Kebs to demonstrate some level of urgency and decisiveness in condemning suspected contaminated food. We do not agree necessarily that same product genuinely or deceptively labeled to have been imported from a different country other than the confirmed ones would be safe.”
This comes after Egypt banned the chicken and vegetable flavored Indomie after finding them unfit for human consumption.
Egyptian authorities last month said that 733,340 cartons of different Indomie product flavors were withdrawn from the local market after they were found to contain a “proportion of aflatoxins and pesticide residues that exceed the safe limits allowed for human consumption.”