Africa Health

Kenya bans importation of maize from her neighbors over health risks

Long queues of stranded trucks at the Namanga border. Image/courtesy

Kenya has banned the importation of maize from her neighbors Uganda and Tanzania over high levels of Afratoxins with immediate effect.

In a letter by the acting Director-General of the Agriculture and Food Authority, Kello Harsama to Pamela Ahago, the Commissioner of Customs in the Kenya Revenue Authority, the imports should stop after a survey conducted indicated maize from the two countries is not fit for human consumption.

“The authority has been conducting surveillance on the safety of food imports into Kenya. The results from maize imported from Uganda and Tanzania have revealed high levels of mycotoxins that are consistently beyond safety limits,” the letter reads.

According to The Citizen, long queues of trucks were on Saturday seen at the Namanga border after the Kenya Revenue authority reportedly denied the trucks entry into Kenya.

According to Kenya’s body charged with regulating, developing and promoting scheduled crops, the importation of the crop has been stopped with immediate effect as they work on seeing the way forward with the two countries.

“The Republic of Kenya is however committed to facilitating safe trade with her trading partners and look forward to working closely with all stakeholders to address the concern.”

This will be bad news for farmers in the regions affected as maize has been for long the leading export for neighboring countries into Kenya.

The mmaize from the neighboring countries was found to have high levels of Mycotoxins whose Health effects can cause death and health issues in humans.