Naivas Supermarket will not sell red meat in all its outlets countrywide until further notice.
This follows an earlier move by Machakos governor Dr Alfred Mutua to close down its meat sections in Machakos County. According to the health department in Machakos county government, the move was taken after samples of meat sold at the Naivas Supermarket at Gateway Mall in Mavoko was found to contain 3,286 milligrams of an additive that should not be used in meat.
Naivas Chief Commercial Officer Willy Kimani said the whole of the current stock of red meat will go through a thorough independent lab test and a step by step verification of each participant along the whole meat value chain.
“We will only be selling white meat for now in all our butcheries,” said Kimani.
Earlier on, Nairobi governor Mike Sonko closed down meat sections of several supermarkets in the city after samples from the retailers indicated that they contained excess preservative of sodium metabisulfite.
Samples from Tuskys Supermarket along Kenyatta Avenue indicated that the meat has 63,000 milligrams of Sodium Metabisulfite per kilogram against the recommended maximum of 5,000 milligrams per kilogram.
Other Supermarkets whose meat sections were closed include Tuskys Buruburu, Naivas Gateway Mall, The point Naivas limited Buruburu, and Muthaiga fine Meat Limited.