Rolls of tissue papers.

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has suspended 27 brands of toilet papers and handkerchiefs said to be substandard.

The said brands have not ment the prescribed quality.

Kebs has ordered the retailers to withdraw the brands from their stores with immediate effect. They are;

Some major brands among those banned include Cosy by Kim Fay Limited, Poshy by Jubilee Tissue Industries, Bloom by Tissue Kenya Limited, Tosha by Interconsumer Products, Peacock by Twiga Stationers and Printers, and Tulip by Phoenix Paper Ltd.

Imara by Purex Holdings, Sofken by Ameriken Limited, Law Prima Kenya and Uno by UAE, Sunrise by Mikeline Ltd and Meek and Lucao both by Benco investment.

Other brands affected by the order include Best by Zaam industries, Rapras by Rapra Limited, Tiny by Tim Trade, Mwangaza by Amonah Ltd and Jambo by Zaam.

Also included in the list includes Violet by Phoenix, Purex, Lona and Taji by Nasco Paper, Stelly by Newstelly Ltd, and Nice one by UR Home International.

Kebs Managing Director Bernard Njiraini.

Kebs Managing Director Bernard Njiraini told a local daily that the brands breached standards by the firms include health and safety aspect where Kebs warned some of the products could cause spread of diseases, PH- Low and high where Kebs warned some products could cause burns and bruises to the body tissues.

Some tissues breached the moisture content standard with high moisture content that could encourage proliferation of microorganisms.

At the same time some products breached standards for dimensions, grammage, number of sheets per roll, perforation and tensile strength.

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