The Kenya Bureau of Standards(KEBS) has declared the edible oil imported by the government to help reduce the cost of living unfit for consumption.
The multimillion oil was found to have a higher percentage of fat content and insoluble impurities than the recommended one.
KEBS also found out that for fat content, the oil exceeded the required amount by 0.47% by mass, containing 99.97% instead of the required 99.5%.
For moisture and matter volatile at 105°C, while the required standard of 0.2. The oil subjected to test contained 0.03.
The acid value for the oil measured potassium hydroxide was 0.12 instead of the required 0.6.
Peroxide oxygen per kilogram of oil was 5.42 instead of the required 10.
In a letter dated 5th September addressed to the managing director of The National Trading Corporation, KEBS advised shipping back the oil to Malaysia or destroying it at the importer’s cost.
However, the body has not yet destroyed goods shipped in July that did not meet the required standards, and some have not undergone laboratory tests.
This happens days after the DCI questioned KNTC officials over Sh16.5b cooking oil import.
Directorate of Criminal Investigations last week questioned KNTC officials over the importation.
People with connections to the government are reportedly the owners of the companies, and they single-sourced the procurement of food and edible oils through KNTC.