Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have seized tonnes of expired rice which was being repackaged into new carrier bags at Kariobangi estate in Nairobi county.
According to DCI boss George Kinoti several suspects have been arrested in the ongoing raid that started in the morning of Tuesday, May 14.
The rusty rice had a very unusual appearance with thick clogs.
The rotten rice was packed in rusty bags at a go-down in Kimende area and was being repackaged into new bags indicating it was produced and packaged in February 2019 and its set to expire in February 2022.
The rice was repackaged into new bags that indicated it was produced in February 2019 and is set to expire in February 2022. Initially the rice was packaged in large rusty bags in teh go-down before the owners decided to pack into 25 kg bags.
The suspects were caught in the act as they were weighing and packaging the rice into the smaller bags.
The latest arrests are among the many that have been conducted by government agencies in the ongoing crackdown against illicit goods.
On Monday, May 6, the Anti-Counterfeit Authority said it had confiscated goods worth KSh 100 million in April, most of it originating from Far East countries.
In June 18, 2018, a unspecified number of bags of sugar labeled "Not for Sale. For industrial use only" were found in a warehouse in Ol Kalou town, Nyandarua County, and with some 30 employees of Jamaa supermarket busy repackaging the sweetener.