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High aflotoxin levels in milk

05 November 2012, 14:48 Wesley Gachugu

The chairman Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture John Mututho has raised a red flag over high aflotoxin levels in some milk products in the country.

Mututho said that investigations have revealed that over 20 percent of the milk products being sold to Kenyans have high levels of aflotixin.

“We have come to learn that some milk products in the country have high aflotoxin levels and its time they were removed from the shelves,” he said.

The Naivasha MP alleged that some of the milk companies are aware that their products had the chemical but have not acted.

He lashed out at the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KBS) for failing to act despite getting the reports from the parliamentary committee.

He attributed the presence of the chemical in the milk to the feeding of livestock with feed that contain 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.

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 various 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 he wanted to address as an MP.

He was however not clear as to whether he would be going for the Naivasha or Gilgil seat, but he 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 promised to address the pending bill on the Flower Farm Workers if re-elected as MP.

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