It is human nature that light is not appreciated until darkness is experienced, the government has taken this theory too far in regard to counterfeits, reacting long after the milk is spilt. In August 2018, KDB officers arrested 5 suspects for preparing fake yoghurt in Nakuru after being tipped by the public. Findings were that the ingredients used for making the product included corn flour, and some beauty products that are harmful for human consumption. Since then there has been little or no follow up on other counterfeit milk products in the market.
Given that most counterfeit milk products are usually consumed to fulfill daily dietary needs, they are likely contributing to the rising levels of cancer in the country.
There is a lot of contaminated milk being sold in the local market under the watch of the Kenya Dairy Board. After licensing milk bars, they fail to monitor the sale of the milk, thus risking the lives of millions of consumers depending on raw milk.
Milk preservation There are high chances that consumers could be unknowingly consuming milk laced with lethal chemicals. About 60% of milk being sold to the public is adulterated and unfit for human consumption as some unscrupulous milk hawkers and vendors are adding preservatives like hydrogen peroxide and formalin to prolong the shelf life of milk. Use of preservatives in milk should be prohibited by Kenya Dairy Board, consumers are at risk. To ensure safety of milk in the market, Kenya Dairy Board should conduct regular inspection on quality of milk. They should also conduct rapid tests besides requesting milk handlers to produce medical certification.
Imported powder milk It’s reported that some imported milk powder contains adulterants such as melamine and radioactive materials that end up in local supermarkets for consumption. Milk Processing Dominance Kenya’s dairy production sector is characterized by a huge number of small-scale farmers who make up 70-80% of the total milk production. A recent survey by the dairy board revealed that about 4 billion liters of milk are produced at the farm level in Kenya annually with nearly 80% of it sold unprocessed to consumers in rural and urban areas. The country has 47 registered milk processors but only 27 are operational. Brookside, New KCC and Githunguri dairies are the dominant players in the market controlling more than 70% of the processed milk.