Most cereals sold in Nairobi grocery stores a risk to human health – KEMRI study

Most of the cereals sold in grocery stores in Nairobi are contaminated with cancer causing toxins, shows a new study by Kenya medical Research Institute.

Most contaminated is ‘muthokoi’ a coarsely milled maize, black beans called ‘njahi,’ regular beans, whole maize and millet flour in that order.

The report will be presented tomorrow (Thursday 15, 2018) at the ongoing annual scientific conference of the Kenya Medical Research Institute at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi.

The researchers had collected the grains from grocery stores in Kibra Nairobi and tested them for the presence of various food contaminants.

Up to half of muthokoi and njahi was contaminated with a fungus which causes a wide range of lung diseases.

All the maize and half of beans were contaminated with fungi which cause a serious disease called mucormycosis that can lead to blindness, organ dysfunction, loss of body tissue, and death.

Again all the maize samples collected were contaminated with the fungi Penicilliuim spp. of which some strains are dangerous to human health espaecially people infected with HIV.

Consumption of these grains, the study says expose consumers to a vast array of diseases including cancer, kidney, poisoning developing embryo as well as the immune system.

The study will call on grocers and regulatory authorities to make sure grains sold in such outlets are well stored and free of toxins.

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