Rwanda has banned the import of Kenyan-made Indomie-brand chicken-flavored noodles amid health concerns over their safety.
The Rwandan Food and Drug Administration has launched an inspection of this food brand, though it has already done so has instructed importers of the product to cease distribution in the country.
This comes at a time when the Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) is yet to issue a declaration on the safety of indomie, which has not been recalled.
Kebs said last week that it is investigating the safety of the product after some were withdrawn from supermarket shelves in the Egyptian market two weeks ago.
“While the Inspection continues, all distributors and retailers holding the above products are requested to cease distribution and limit all quantities in their stores quarantine pending the investigation,” the Times of Rwanda reported on Sunday.
Egyptian authorities said last month that 733,340 boxes of various indomie products had no flavors were withdrawn from the market after they were found to “contain levels of aflatoxins and pesticide residues in excess of human consumption limits”.
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Bernard Njiraini, chief executive of Kebs, told Business Daily last week that samples of Indomie’s noodle products sold in the Kenyan market were pre-tested for safety a decision will be made on it.
The Egyptian Food Safety Authority said it singled out the chili product and the flavors of chicken and vegetables for human consumption.
Indomie is very popular brand of Instantnud eln.
Salim Wazaran Kenya – a subsidiary of Indofood, the world’s largest manufacturer of instant noodles – produces and sells the product on the local market.
The Competition Commission (CCA) of the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (Comesa) warned of similar products as those labeled by the Egyptian authorities are imported and marketed in member states, which include Kenya.
“The Commission would therefore like to draw the general public’s attention to the risks associated with the consumption of the above Indomie instant noodles, as identified by the FSA, and to exercise caution in consumption,” CCA said.