Ten brands of cooking oil have been temporarily suspended for not meeting the right standard.
These are; Bahari Fry, Fresh Fri, Fresh Fri with Garlic Oil, Fry Mate, Gold and Pure Olive Gold, Postman, Rina, Salit, Tilly and Top Fry.
The directive has been issued via a letter by Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS)'s Director for Market Surveillance Peter Kaigwara to Retail Traders Association of Kenya (RETRAK).
He says the brands have, however, not been banned but will be withdrawn from the market and subjected to verification before restocking them.
The move is also meant to protect consumers from potential harm as well as to protect producers’ economic interests.
"Kindly note that this is not a ban on the brands but a temporary suspension to allow the manufacturers of the non-compliant brands to initiate and put in place effective corrective action under KEGS supervision to ensure that the non-compliant brands comply with the requirements of the respective Kenya Standards and Standards Act Cap 496, Laws of Kenya before being allowed back into the market,” part of the letter reads.
KEBS further directed RETRAK to ensure the aforementioned brands are recalled until the right standards are met.
“The purpose of this letter is to bring to your attention the below listed brands of non-compilant edible oils and fats that failed to meet the requirements of the standard and to request your good office to notify your members to recall these brands and remove them from the supply chain from your members outlets across the country," the letter reads.