An inter-agency team in Tharaka Nithi witnessed the destruction of counterfeit sugar worth Ksh 340,000 that was declared unfit for human consumption by a Chuka Court.
Tharaka Nithi County Commissioner (CC) Ms. Beverly Opwora led the team drawn from the courts, customs department and the national police service to witness the destruction exercise that took place at the Chuka Municipality incinerator which begun at around noon.
The 135 bags of sugar were seized by police in a crackdown at Chuka town in June 2018 after a tip off from informers.
“We have come here to destroy this sugar as per the court order issued last month, declaring it unfit for human consumption,” said the County Commissioner during the destruction exercise.
Ms. Opwora hailed the county security team that was very swift in seizing the consignment, adding that they will be more vigilant in the coming days to prevent spurious goods from finding their way into various households especially during the December festive season.
“We will be very careful to ensure that substandard goods are not sold during this Christmas holiday, “added the Senior Administrator.
She further cautioned the traders in the county to follow the due process more so those dealing with consumable goods for the safety of the majority. This comes after reports from various sources link proliferation of consumable substandard goods in the Kenyan market has a direct relation with the rise in cancer cases amongst the citizenry.
After the seizure of the sugar last year, samples were submitted to the Kenya Bureau of Standards KEBS for testing, after which they were found to be counterfeit, thus unsuitable for consumption.
In a ruling last month, the owner of the batch was handed a fine of Ksh. 800,000 by Chuka law court, which also ordered the destruction of the goods.