Shoprite distances itself from use of dangerous preservatives on meat

By Fauxile Kibet

As the debate rages on over alleged use of potentially dangerous food preservatives on meat in Kenya, Shoprite Kenya has said that it maintains a zero-tolerance policy on practices aimed at extending shelf life of meat.

In a statement, the company which runs a chain of stores and supermarkets in Kenya said that it buys its meat from regulated and licensed local suppliers who comply with both local and international health and safety standards.

This comes following an expose by NTV on Sunday 14th July titled RedAlert which has sparked a debate over the safety of meat bought from supermarkets across the country.

“Shoprite Kenya continues to work closely with its suppliers to ensure food safety and compliance in line with local and international best practice,” the statement reads in part.

On Tuesday, the Kenya Veterinary Association (KVA) called on the government to ban the use of preservatives in all meat outlets across the country saying that uncontrolled use of the chemicals poses major health risks to consumers.
The organization said that even though the use of the chemical was allowed under Foods, Drugs and Chemical Substances Act CAP 254, its use had been abused.

“As a result, the preservatives exceed the Maximum Residue Limit when used thus rendering the meat unfit for human consumption and the government should ban its use,” KVA national chairman Dr. Samuel Kahariri said.”