Standards agency says controversial maize flour fit for human consumption

Homa Bay Governor Gladys Wanga and Azimio leader Raila Odinga distribute Mokwa maize flour in Suba South on November 4, 2022. [Collins Oduor, Standard]

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has given maize flour produced by Homa Bay County a clean bill of health.

The move brings to an end days of controversies following claims the flour is unfit for human consumption.

Mokwa is a fortified maize flour produced by Kigoto Maize Mill which is owned by the Homa Bay County Government.

The maize mill is established at Kigoto Village in Suba South Constituency.

The maize flour elicited controversy a few days ago after KEBS released a report that revealed that a sample of the maize flour tested contained aflatoxin.

According to the report, the sample was collected for a test on August 28, 2023.  KEBS indicated that their test revealed the flour contained aflatoxin, a poisonous substance that is unfit for human consumption.

But On Friday, KEBS released results of a subsequent test which indicated that Mokwa is fit for human consumption.