The Secretary-General of the Chamber of Commerce has appealed to the Bureau of Standards and the ministry of Trade to ensure that trucks of contaminated sugar allegedly destined for South Sudan do not enter the country.
Simon Akuei was reacting to reports that sugar that was pulled off the market in Kenya by its government is likely to be exported to South Sudan.
According to media reports, the Kenyan government discovered the sugar to be containing ingredients not good for human consumption.
This reportedly includes lead and mercury.
The tests carried out at the Kenyan government chemist reveal the dangers that Kenyans have been exposed to, since the contents of the sugar are capable of causing some types of cancer and harming internal organs.
Akuei says the relevant institutions should remain vigilant to prevent such harmful goods from entering South Sudan.
“Otherwise, it’s not good for our population; it’s not good for the health of our people. We should not make South Sudan a dumping ground for rejected products from the neighboring countries,” Akuei said Thursday.
Despite the sacks of the sweetener being marked as ‘not safe for human consumption’ unscrupulous businessmen packaged them in 1kg and 2kg packets, disguised as local brands, including West Sugar, Kilimo Kenya, Kabras, and Mumias Sugar.
The World Health Organization states that elemental mercury are toxic to the central and peripheral nervous systems.
The UN health organization also says that ingestion and inhalation of mercury vapor can produce harmful effects on the nervous, digestive and immune systems, lungs and kidneys, and may be fatal.
“We already know there is danger and therefore we want to urge our colleagues in Bureau of Standards and the security sector…to be vigilant about this,” Akuei added.
He said he expected to hold a meeting with the minister of trade over the matter Friday.