Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has banned the sale and distribution of an animal feeds supplement that is alleged to have caused the death of 24 cows.
Through an announcement in a local daily, KEBS announced to have suspended the sale and distribution of Rumate animal feeds until investigations are concluded.
Dealers with a stock of the animal supplement will be required to contact the standards body as well as the Director of Veterinary Services with immediate effect for further directions.
Farmers have also been warned against feeding the animal feed supplement to their livestock before safety concerns about it are addressed.
Emurua-Dikir Member of Parliament Johana Ng’eno vowed to sue the company and supplier on Sunday after his pedigree cows worth 2.5 Million died after allegedly consuming the animal feed.
The Rumate animal feeds had a January 28, 2022 expiry date, but the cows reportedly started dying five minutes after consuming the product.
Initial lab tests showed that the legislator’s animals died from Urea poisoning.
Ng’eno claimed that the company and the supplier supplied him uncertified feeds and they knew it could be poisonous and harmful to his cows, adding that they caused him serious devastation on his investment.
The MP’s farm manager, Fredrick Mutahi said the cows started dropping one after the other five minutes after feeding on the product.
According to Mutahi, the animals started shivering, foaming in the mouth, and started running wild, after which they started falling dead one by one.
Additionally, Mutahi’s coworker Luke Evans noted that it was their first time to feed the mineral product to the cows.
Evans added that they consulted on how to use before feeding it to the animals.
According to the workers, cows that didn’t feed on the animal product were not affected at all.
They said there is no doubt the product is to blame for the loss.