Scientists say busaa linked to oesophageal cancer

Residents of Shibuli village, Lurambi Division, in Kakamega enjoying their busaa. Scientists have now said that the popular brew could be linked to oesophageal cancer. Many brewers have been found to use rotten maize, which increases the presence of toxins. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • A study shows the brew is in many instances found to contain harmful toxins.
  • Many brewers use rotten maize to make busaa.
  • The habit of drinkers of taking the brew from different brewers exposes them to higher risk.
  • It should be brewed using clean ground maize, millet and sorghum and promptly consumed to reduce the presence of toxins.

The popular traditional busaa brew has been linked to cases of oesophageal cancer.

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