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Govt warns over toxic Nuteez peanut butter

Peanut butter on bread. The Government Chemist has confirmed the presence of aflatoxin, a poisonous substance, in peanut butter brand Nuteez, making it unfit for human consumption. 

The Government Chemist has confirmed the presence of aflatoxin, a poisonous substance, in peanut butter brand Nuteez, making it unfit for human consumption.

Government Chemist Francis Maina said that the peanut butter was found to be containing 24.08ppb aflatoxin, 14.08ppb more than the required limit.

“It is true that they had high levels of aflatoxin and therefore unfit for human consumption,” he said.

Jetlak Foods, who produce Nuteez, however issued a statement saying that they had not received the letter from the Interior Ministry, which raised the flag over the toxic levels.

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Ingestion of contaminated food is the main source of exposure to aflatoxins, which adversely affect the health of both humans and animals.

The effects can either be acute of cumulative depending on the levels of aflatoxin consumed.

Aflatoxins are poisonous substances produced by certain kinds of fungi (moulds) that are found naturally, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The WHO notes that large doses of aflatoxins can lead to acute poisoning (aflatoxicosis) that can be life threatening, usually through damage to the liver.

Long-term or chronic exposure to aflatoxins has several health consequences and may affect all organ systems, especially the liver and kidneys.

Adults are more tolerant to acute exposure than children.

Cases of unsafe food are on the rise despite presence of various legislative provisions mandated to ensure that consumer rights especially on food safety are protected.



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