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NACADA boss directs EABL to withdraw Jebel from market

28 November 2014, 13:49 Robert Chepkwony

Nakuru - The National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) Chairman, John Mututho has directed the East Africa Breweries (EABL) Ltd to immediately withdraw one of its alcohol brand from the shelves over allegations that it was causing deaths.

Mututho said Jebel, an EABL alcohol brand was responsible for several deaths, citing the recent death of a teacher in Kiambu County.

“The brand does not have a distinct mark to prevent counterfeiters from copying it hence we want it withdrawn immediately until precautionary measures are taken,” directed Mututho.

Mututho called on the company to introduce clear distinction of the brand to prevent illegal brewers from manufacturing poison and later packaging it using Jebel bottles.

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He warned that if the directive is not be adhered to, NACADA will take legal action against the company.

Mututho was speaking in Nakuru after attending a meeting organized by Nairobi Members of County Assembly to deliberate on Nairobi County Alcoholic Drinks Control Act 2014.

The Chairman also banned recycling of spirits and wines bottles, saying it is illegal for manufacturers to use recycled bottles from a different company to package their drinks.

“NACADA and County government will have the responsibilities to collect all recyclable spirits and wines bottles and put them in a central place where original owners can collect them at a fee. Other people who will be found collecting the bottles will be arrested and charged,” Mututho warned.

Meanwhile, the NACADA boss decried the high number of licensed bars, wines and spirits joints in Nairobi pointing they sum up to over 35 000, a number that he said is too high for a city.

“We hope NACADA and Nairobi County will conduct an operation to scrutinize the licenses where possible and reduce the number to about 5 000,” Mututho said.

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