White sugar not for consumers, govt agency says

White sugar not for consumers, govt agency says



Sugar meant for industrial use is being sold to unsuspecting customers in the county, the Nation has established.

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Officials from the Kenya Sugar Board jointly say the product compromises requirements set by the Kenya Bureau of Standards.

KSB Coast manager James Sirro explained that white sugar is imported by licensed manufacturers like Coca Cola, Kenya Breweries or House of Manji as raw material.

“This sugar is not expected to be used on the table and those selling it directly to consumers are committing an offence,” he said.

He warned that any sugar found in a retail outlet or supermarket for sale will be destroyed and the dealer prosecuted.

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Local industries are said to be suffering the brunt of illegal imports as they enters the country duty free through registered manufacturers.

On Wednesday, Kenya Revenue Authority officials and the Sugar Board impound illegal sugar discovered at a Nakuru supermarket.

“We found the sugar packed in gunny bags of 50 kilogrammes and they were kept in a store.

“There were others in sachets of two kilogrammes each kept in the shelves and they had the brand name of the supermarket,” an official who requested anonymity said.

He noted that “when word started going round traders quickly removed the white sugar from the shelves and stores” but maintained that the operation would continue until such traders are flushed out…(daily nation)

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