Machakos Governor Mutua orders Naivas Supermarket to shut down meat sections
Governor Alfred Mutua has ordered Naivas Supermarket to close all meat sections in its three branches in the county.
The governor claimed a meat sample collected from Naivas Supermarket at Gateway Mall in Mavoko was found laced with ‘illegal and harmful chemicals’.
Dr Alfred Mutua said the sample contained 3,286 milligrams of an additive to prolong its shelf life.
The raid at the supermarket followed an exposé by NTV, titled Red Alert, that revealed how supermarkets use illegal and harmful chemicals to preserve meat.
“I have been given a laboratory report showing that a sample of meat sold at the Naivas Supermarket at Gateway Mall in Mavoko, Machakos County, had 3,286 milligrams of an additive that should not be used in meat,” Dr. Mutua said in a Twitter thread.
He went on, “I have subsequently directed that the meat/butchery sections of all Naivas stores in Machakos County be closed immediately. This is on suspicion that the supplier of meat at all Naivas supermarkets in Machakos County is the same entity.”
Last week an exposé on how supermarkets have been using harmful chemicals to preserve meat was aired on a local television channel, sending millions of Kenyan meat consumers into panic.
The meat sections will remain closed until cleared by the county government’s public health department. “I direct my officers in collaboration with national