KEBS has decided to ban tissue papers while turning a blind eye to substandard and more harmful foods that are hawked everywhere in the markets.
Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has suspended 27 brands of consumer toilet paper and handkerchiefs.
Kebs managing director Bernard Njiraini said the firms had not complied with Kebs standards including those that prescribe the quality of products.
“Following market surveillance on toilet paper brands in circulation around the country Kebs detected non-compliances with the requirements of the Standards Act Cap 496, Laws of Kenya,” said Kebs director of market surveillance Peter Kaigwara in a letter to the Retail Traders Association of Kenya (Retrak) chief executive Wambui Mbarire.
Some major brands among those banned include Cosy by Kim Fay Limited, Poshy by Jubilee Tissue Industries, Bloom by Tissue Kenya Limited, Tosha by Interconsumer Products, Peacock by Twiga Stationers and Printers, and Tulip by Phoenix Paper Ltd.
Others are Imara by Purex Holdings, Sofken by Ameriken Limited, Law Prima Kenya and Uno by UAE, Sunrise by Mikeline Ltd and Meek and Lucao both by Benco investment.
Other brands affected by the order include Best by Zaam industries, Rapras by Rapra Limited, Tiny by Tim Trade, Mwangaza by Amonah Ltd and Jambo by Zaam.
Also included in the list includes Violet by Phoenix, Purex, Lona and Taji by Nasco Paper, Stelly by Newstelly Ltd, and Nice one by UR Home International.