A supper of your Indomie noodles could be a health hazard to you and your family, a consumer rights watchdog has cautioned.
The Consumer Federation of Kenya (COFEK) has warned Kenyan customers that Indomie contains chemical compounds that could be unsafe to human health.
“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,” the federation said in a statement on Wednesday.
It further cautioned that the imported toxic Indomie on the racks could be containing aflatoxins.
Aflatoxin poisonousness might bring about nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, convulsions and other signs of acute liver injury.
Long term exposure prompts different complications like growth retardation, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma.
Cofek exhorted shoppers against buying the item until the vital tests are conducted by the relevant bodies.
“Those who may have purchased Indomie are requested to ensure samples are tested in credible laboratories before consumption,” Cofek said.
The shopper watchdog encouraged suppliers to abstain from selling or dispersing the items until definitive tests are done.
“We urge all responsible supermarkets and other retailers of Indomie to voluntarily get the product off the shelves for a couple of weeks as tests are conducted.”
Concerning the new ban of Kinder Joy, COFEK wants the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) to rush examinations concerning the matter.
“We urge KEBS to demonstrate some level of urgency and decisiveness in condemning suspected contaminated food,” Cofek said in its report.
They said examinations ought to be intensive to unmask any deceptive labeling of banned items to show that they are genuine and safe items imported from different countries
“The case of the Kinder Joy remains a case in point. Consumers should exercise extreme discretion before consumption,” Cofek said.