Soko Maize flour cleared by Kiambu County’s Public Health office

Soko maize flour brand on display in a supermarket

Kiambu County’s Public Health officials have cleared Soko Maize flour after official test results revealed that the product complied with allowable aflatoxin parameters.

The clearance now means Soko Maize Meal can now trade freely in any outlets- e.g. Supermarkets, Distributors, Wholesalers, Retail shops, Hotels, Closed and open markets and Schools in the country.

“Refer to the visit by Kiambu County Public Health Officials to your factory on 16th November 2019. Following the issuance of circular (KCG/CDH/VOL.1/39 dated 11th November 2019) to Sub County Public Health Officers (SCPHOs) – Kiambu County.

As a way forward, it was decided that joint sampling of your products be conducted across all the twelve sub-counties. A total of 43 samples were collected including twenty-one (21) samples of Soko maize flour and dry maize from your factory. All 43 samples were submitted for analysis on 18th November 2019 to The National Public Health Laboratories (The Food Safety and Nutrition Reference Laboratory).

The analysis results received on 22nd November 2019, indicates that the sampled batch numbers for Soko maize flour as well as the dry maize have all complied with KS EAS 768:2019 on aflatoxin,” said Dr. David Kamundia Ndung’u, Chief Officer -Health Services at Kiambu County in a letter to Capwell Industries Limited.

On the recent analysis, your products have been found to be in compliance with food standards as stipulated in the Food, Drugs and chemical substance act, Cap 254 L.O.K”, the Chief Officer-Health Services, Dr. Ndungu added.

While welcoming the analysis results, Capwell Industries Limited, Business Head, Mahesh Chavda said: “We are happy that Kiambu County Public Health officials have cleared Soko maize meal from aflatoxin contamination fears and ascertained that it is fit for human consumption.

As a company, since our establishment in 1999, we have been taking food safety and health of our consumers very seriously by heavily investing in modern laboratory testing facilities. We continue to monitor and control food safety parameters at each stage right from the sourcing of raw materials, transportation, storage, milling, packing and dispatch.

We also closely work with our distributors, wholesalers and supermarkets to ensure that our products are properly stored in their premises to ensure product safety until it is bought by the consumer.”

He added that Capwell Industries is HACCP Certified and adheres to the national KEBS and global food production standards.