Victims Raise Red Flag Over Cooking Oil Mixed With Sewage Water


Kenyans have been cautioned against purchasing cooking oil sold in Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD) streets at discounted prices.

In a video circulating on social media platforms, a victim who bought cooking oil from Nairobi streets has raised questions about the quality and safety of some products being sold in the market.

The victim explained how he bought three 5-litre cooking oil bottles cumulatively at Ksh2,800. He made the purchase happily believing that he had made a cost-effective choice.

However, to his shock, he soon learned that the cooking oil had been adulterated with sewage water.

Depending on the outlet, a 5-litre bottle of cooking oil retails at between 1,350 and Ksh1,800.

Nairobi residents pictured at Kenya National Archives section of Nairobi CBD in September 2021.

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At the time, he thought he was saving posing that he would have purchased the same items at rates ranging between Ksh4,000 and Ksh4,500 at supermarkets.

Per the victim’s account, he was enticed to buy the cooking oil by hawkers who convinced him to complete the purchase at discounted rates before the items expired.

“I bought three cooking oils through a promotion at Nairobi’s CBD and was informed by one of the vendors on the streets that I should purchase them at a good price before the stocks get depleted,” he stated.

“I checked the seal and it was perfect. However, upon opening, I was hit by a foul smell. The vendors are now mixing the oil with sewage water. I advise you to please take heed before buying things on promotion.”

The incident shows the rise of unethical sellers who attempt to clear low-quality or expired cooking oil stocks by enticing customers with attractive discounts. 

These promotions have become widespread as a marketing strategy, hence making it crucial for consumers to be alert when making their purchases.

In September, Consumer Federation of Kenya (COFEK) advised Kenyans against buying fruits, especially those sold in supermarkets due to presence of adulterated fruits that had found its way into the market.

COFEK urged consumers to source fruits and vegetables from reputable suppliers who adhere to safety standards.

A photo of bananas sold at a local supermarket in Nairobi.

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