Proposed law to rid the dining table of toxic food
One of the biggest health concerns has always been the safety of the food we eat. Experts have linked a number of diseases to the chemicals found in some food, which are a result of poor farming practices, unhealthy handling of food and inadequate oversight in the production chain.
Kenya now seeks to find a solution to this problem. The ministries of Agriculture and Health are jointly drafting a proposed law, dubbed the Kenya Food and Drug Authority (KFDA) Bill, that will ensure production and consumption of safe food in the country
If the Bill is enacted into law, a team from both ministries will be conducting regular checks on farms and markets to ensure the prescribed food safety standards are maintained.
Research has shown that some traders use toxic and counterfeit chemicals on their produce so that they can remain fresh for a longer period. Some traders, especially those operating in cities and major towns, tend to wash their vegetables in sewer water, posing potentially serious health issues. Under the Bill, it will be illegal to grow crops along sewers.
A team tasked with coming up with fine details of the Bill will be headed by Dr Christopher Wanga, director Livestock Policy Research and Regulation in the department of Livestock.
Dr Wanga told Sunday Nation that publication and Parliamentary process of the Bill should take place in May next year, adding that submission of the draft Bill to the Cabinet will be done in March after the World Trade Organization and