Back to Africa Check

No, Kenyan standards bureau statement on contaminated food is fake

On 24 May 2020, residents of Gikambura in Kikuyu, near the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, fell ill after eating donated food. The source of the contamination remains unclear.

Following the incident, a statement supposedly by the Kenya Bureau of Standards, or KEBS, has been making the rounds on social media. It says samples from the suspect donations were tested by “Bio technicians from the Government Chemist and KEBS”. 

The findings are that “the sampled maize flour contains aflatoxin substances” and “the samples contain a pesticide ‘Dicamba’, a chemical that adversely affects fertility in females”. 

The statement also says the results have been submitted to the health ministry and the directorate of criminal investigations.

Is this all true?

‘Press statement fake’

KEBS has responded on Twitter and Facebook, dismissing the statement as fake.

“The Kenya Bureau of Standards wishes to inform the public that the press statement on the Gikambura Kikuyu relief food incident is fake,” they tweeted.

They also shared a copy of the falsified statement, with “fake” stamped across it in red. – Grace Gichuhi


Republish our content for free

We believe that everyone needs the facts.

You can republish the text of this article free of charge, both online and in print. However, we ask that you pay attention to these simple guidelines. In a nutshell:

1. Do not include images, as in most cases we do not own the copyright.

2. Please do not edit the article.

3. Make sure you credit "Africa Check" in the byline and don't forget to mention that the article was originally published on

For publishers: what to do if your post is rated false

A fact-checker has rated your Facebook or Instagram post as “false”, “altered”, “partly false” or “missing context”. This could have serious consequences. What do you do?

Click on our guide for the steps you should follow.

Publishers guide

Africa Check teams up with Facebook

Africa Check is a partner in Meta's third-party fact-checking programme to help stop the spread of false information on social media.

The content we rate as “false” will be downgraded on Facebook and Instagram. This means fewer people will see it.

You can also help identify false information on Facebook. This guide explains how.

Add new comment

Restricted HTML

  • Allowed HTML tags: <a href hreflang> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote cite> <code> <ul type> <ol start type> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <h2 id> <h3 id> <h4 id> <h5 id> <h6 id>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
limit: 600 characters

Want to keep reading our fact-checks?

We will never charge you for verified, reliable information. Help us keep it that way by supporting our work.

Become a newsletter subscriber

Support independent fact-checking in Africa.