The Kenya Bureau of Standards, KEBS, has banned a number of maize flour because they contain high levels of afflatoxin. Consumption of aflatoxins contributes to the mutagenic, carcinogenic (Cancer causing), teratogenic, and immunosuppressive health effects in the body. The adverse effect of aflatoxins in humans ranges from acute hepatic toxicity to chronic disease such as liver cancer, haemorrhages, oedema, and even immediate death.
Here is the presser from KEBS;
“Following continued market surveillance as well as multiple public reports, KEBS has noted that some brands of maize meal products (Unga wa Ugali) offered for sale do not meet the requirements of Kenya Standards. We, therefore, wish to inform the public that: