Naivas Supermarket has suspended the sale of red meat in all its branches pending independent testing and assessment of its supplier base.
The decision was reached by Naivas Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Willy Kimani in the interest of its customers as they involve an independent lab test and step by step verification of its meat value chain.
In the meantime, Naivas will be supplying white meat as they corporate with National and County Government agencies to address the issue.
The supermarket has however maintained that customer welfare is paramount to them and that they do not condone the use of any preservatives in meat products.
Finally, they have promised to take legal action against anybody who may have supplied contaminated meat to Naivas supermarket.
The sentiments from Naivas come barely a day after Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua shut down all meat sections of the supermarket branches in his county.
The closure of the branches follows the discovery of contaminated meat in one of its branches in Machakos as revealed by the Governor himself.
“I have been given a laboratory report showing that a sample of meat sold at the Naivas Supermarket at Gateway Mall in Mavoko, Machakos County, had 3.286 milligrams of an additive that should not be used in meat.” Said Governor Alfred Mutua.
The Machakos Governor also urged the National government to conduct a speedy investigation into all meat supermarkets in the County and advise on the same.
“I direct my officers in collaboration with National Govt. officers to move with speed to all supermarkets in Machakos County for investigations and advisory to the public.