A report recently released by the Ministry of Health (MoH) has revealed that boiled eggs popularly known as (Mayai kachumbari) sold in Nairobi are unfit for consumption.
The famous mayai kachumbari is sold across different joints in Nairobi with vendors along the bus station, railways, tearoom, odeon among other places trying to make a living following tough economic times as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Normally, the kachumbari is mixed with onions, tomatoes, coriander and hot chillis. It is then served with tomato sauce or hot chilli sauce.
Samples of the boiled eggs and kachumbari were collected from selected areas and were analyzed, tested for bacteria and contamination at the National Microbiology Reference Biology.
The results, according to the Standard, revealed that the samples collected contained disease-causing germs and a high presence of Escherichia coli (E. Coli) bacteria.
E.coli is a type of bacteria mainly found in the intestines. The bacteria has certain strains that cause stomach ache, diarrhea, cramps and low fever.
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In worst cases, the most severe form of E.coli can cause kidney failure.
An official from the Ministry of Health, Kepha Ombacho told the publication that any amount of E. coli bacteria in food indicates the presence of human or animal faecal contamination, hence should not be consumed.