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Naivas, Carrefour distance themselves from claims supermarkets sell meat with deadly chemicals ▷ Kenya News

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Retailers have broken their silence over damping TV expose titled Red Alert which claimed local supermarkets were selling meat laced with harmful chemicals to unsuspecting customers.

Naivas supermarket and Carrefour Kenya separately issued statements distancing themselves from the explosive report aired by NTV on Sunday, July 14, indicating the retailers were using preservatives to make meat look fresh and last longer.

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One of the top retailers went as far as showing journalists their storage facilities to confirm they do not use chemicals in meat. Photo: CapitalFM.
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Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, July 16, Naivas said they take seriously safety of their customers and have in place a state of the art storage facility at their distribution centre on Mombasa road where they keep and process meat devoid of chemicals or preservatives.

“We do not condone or encourage use of any chemical substances to preserve the meat sold in our butcheries across all our 53 stores,” said Naivas chief commercial officer Willy Kimani who took the journalists on a tour of the facility.

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A day earlier, Carrefour Kenya also assured its customers and the general public their meat and meat products are very safe and that they neither use nor tolerate chemicals to extend shelf life of meat or any other food item in their stores.

“Carrefour, the health and well-being of our customer remains a key priority. We apply international hygiene standards to guarantee food safety to all our customers.

All our food items have defined shelf life that is fully adhered to. We have an efficient traceability system that allows us to remove meat from our display units before expiry,” Carrefour said.

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The Red Alert documentary which sparked public uproar unmasked a disturbing state of affairs in the local supermarkets with one of the sources interviewed claiming they usually laced meat with sulphites, locally known as Dawa ya Nyama.

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