Watch out for poisonous sugar on sale, Kenyans warned

Trucks with contraband sugar at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters in Kiambu on June 5, 2018 after police impounded them. The sugar was among other contraband items including cooking oil seized from a warehouse in Nairobi. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Police investigators are narrowing down on sugar barons running a complex syndicate said to involve powerful individuals peddling the commodity
  • Monday night raid in Eastleigh, Nairobi, where part of the consignment was found in a huge godown.

  • The Eastleigh raid netted close to 60 tonnes of the contraband commodities, including an assortment of rice and cooking oil.

  • Police had a hard time sorting fake importation documents indicating the sugar may have come from Uganda, Brazil and Dubai.

Millions of unsuspecting consumers may have been exposed to poisonous sugar on sale in several parts of the country disguised as local brands.

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