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Kenyans badly exposed to cancer, unemployment as counterfeits flood local market

Suspected  counterfeit vegetables and fruits
Suspected counterfeit vegetables and fruits

A recent report by the Anti-Counterfeits Agency recently (ACA) has laid bare the extent of counterfeit goods use in Kenya.Over 70% of Kenyans are using counterfeits, which are being hawked all over the lace. Reports have shown that over 30% of medicine and alcoholic drinks in the market are fake.

It showed that three-quarters of the Kenyan population use counterfeited goods in the market, with 30.8% of alcoholic drinks and 24% of bottled water in the country being fake. Counterfeit DVD players and mobile phones (51%) were also in alarmingly high supply the country.

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The shocking revelation came not long after the National Quality Control Laboratories and the Pharmacy and Poisons Control Board warned that 30% of all drugs in the market are counterfeit.

The two reports only appear to confirm the grave dangers that the often-hazardous illicit products are increasingly posing to Kenyans.

Reports of traders being nabbed while changing expiry dates on packets of rice, wheat flour and other commodities are growing, while the government chemist has officially confirmed of cancer-causing asbestos pellets in thermos flasks.

In homes, everyday products such as baby diapers, cooking oil, food seasoning, cables, cosmetics, yoghurt, cheese, mango juice, medicines, decoders and tomato sauce are some of the most imitated products whose impact on consumers experts have said can be life threatening.

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