Ten meat Traders were arrested in Homa Bay county for allegedly wrapping meat in Newspapers.
The traders among them butchery operators and their agents who buy meat from them in large scale were arrested in an operation that was conducted by the Department of Public Health
The health officials conducted the search in cooperation with police officers from Homa Bay Police Station.
Homa Bay County Executive for Health Prof Richard Muga said the traders were arrested after they violated a 14 day notice they were given to stop using newspapers in packaging meat for buyers.
Muga said use of newspapers is dangerous to human health since it contains lead and other heavy metals which are injurious to human health and so they had to arrest the violating traders to stop that menace.
“Newspapers are published using ink which contains lead and other heavy metals whose consumption can kill human beings,” he said.
Speaking in his office directed the meat traders to package meat in plain papers which are either white or brown.
“The plain papers are suitable for packaging the meat because they lack the dangerous metals used for making ink,” Muga said.
The County Executive further warned traders in the county to stop packing food stuff with newspapers adding that traders in the area are fond of packaging foods such as fish, maandazi and chapatti using newspapers.
Muga also said that they will be conducting a crackdown to arrest people who sell contraband goods.
Our operations are going to weed out expired and fake goods in the market,” he added.
The residents were also advised to understand that these crackdowns and arrests are for their own good.
“Let residents understand that the arrest and ban are implemented to ensure safety of their safety. We want to ensure Homa Bay residents consume fresh foods,”said Muga.
The culprits will be arraigned in court.