Machakos governor Alfred Mutua has ordered the closure of all meat sections in Naivas supermarkets in the county.
This is after excess chemical additives were found on the meat in one of the outlets.
In a statement to newsrooms on Thursday, the Machakos governor said laboratory results from samples 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.
Mutua said he took the action on suspicion that the supplier of meat at the Naivas stores in Machakos is of the same entity.
“I direct my officers in collaboration with the national government officers to move with speed to all supermarkets in Machakos for investigations and advisory to the public,” Mutua said.
He said the butchery sections will remain closed until given an okay to re-open by the Machakos Government’s public health department.
The government on Tuesday confirmed that the chemical Sodium Metabisulfite used in food preservation is a food additive permitted for use in specified food categories.