Rwanda Bureau of Standards has approved Daily Fry cooking oil, that has recently been under scrutiny regarding its compliance to consumer standards.
Philip Nzaire, the Director of Quality Assurance Unit at RBS told Business Times in an exclusive interview last week that the product passed the laboratory tests and was found to be fit for human consumption.
Daily Fry cooking oil is imported from Indonesia and Malaysia to East Africa by Torit oil limited, a Kenya based industry.
“The product is passing the parameters and we have no problem with it as far as quality is concerned. Our position is that the daily brand could only be improved on labeling but its quality parameters are not alarming as claimed,” he said.
Nzaire said separate laboratories outside Rwanda were selected to ensure that exact and accurate results were obtained to ascertain the allegations of the oil’s sub-standard status.
RBS was asked to carry out the tests by Rwanda’s embassy in Uganda, which also received a complaint from Uganda’s oil fats and soap manufacturers association through the country’s Ministry of Trade and Industry.
“There is an issue of taxation and quality; this is a complaint about the product unfavourably competing in East Africa with no taxes, because it is a product of Malaysia and not a product of Kenya, so for quality there is no problem,” Nzaire added.
The brand is shipped to Kenya in bulk by Torit oil limited which is alleged not to have edible oil refinery plants in Kenya, and therefore, does not add any value to the product to make it an East African product for taxation purposes.
Nzaire added that all cooking oil products on Rwandan market would be subjected to further tests to scientifically prove that they conform to human consumption standards.