The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), the standards regulatory body in Kenya, has re-issued Kitui Flour Mills Limited and Alpha Grain Millers limited, millers of Dola and Kifaru maize flour brands, with their operating permit.
The reinstatement of the permit followed inspections by KEBS at the two millers’ processing facilities, which ascertained the company has met quality standards required for flour production.
“KEBS inspectors conducted inspections to review and determine the effectiveness of the controls put in place by your firm that were to ensure that your products meet the requirements of the fortified sifted maize meal specification. The purpose of this letter is to notify you that the suspension of your standardization mark permit for sifted maize meal branded Dola is hereby lifted effective from the 20th of November 2019,” said KEBS in their statement.
Reacting to the development, Kitui Flour Mills General Manager said: “As a company, we do not take food safety as an option, but the nexus of all our processes to protect our consumers and which we have done over the past 20 years of business. We strive to deliver the highest quality of flour through meticulous international standards that form the basis of our production.”
Two weeks ago, Kebs suspended the sale and manufacture of Starehe Maize Meal by Pan African Grain Millers, 210 Two Ten Maize Meal Kenblest Limited and Jembe Maize Meal Kensalrise Limited.
“KEBS will notify the public once the concerned manufacturers have taken adequate corrective actions to warrant lifting of their respective permits to allow them to continue production and prevent future recurrence,” he continued.
Also pulled off the shelves were seven peanut butter brands; two of which are now back on the market.