Fighting illicit Brew In Nakuru

The governor has called on the young people to form business groups that will help them grow economically.

Kinuthia was speaking when he opened the only licensed liquor factory that has passed the newly established rules by kebs

As the fight against illicit brews that have left thousands dead around the country, the Kenya bureau of standards has continued to tighten the noose on manufactures to have the right equipment for quality production.

Led by Mbugua, a team of officials from the public health department, KEBS and government chemist office inspected several factories within the county to where only one was found to have complied with the KEBS regulations.

The governor challenged security agencies and local administrators to remain vigilant in order to avoid filtration of counterfeit products into the liquor and soft drinks industry, a menace that has claimed thousands of lives.

According to the government chemist, 80% of the deaths that have been caused by consumption of illicit brew have been due to excess methanol in the products.

According to KEBS, manufacturers must demonstrate presence of a laboratory which can test qualitative and quantitative compositions especially of methanol and ethanol; presence of a qualified person in the laboratory and the company must be in possession of a Gas chromatograph which analyses the level of methanol in all the drinks produced.

The officers were speaking after certifying one of the companies that has attained the required KEBS regulations according to the manufactures this will give them a level playing ground.

By Maureen Murimi

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