Why poison our sugar with Mercury?

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Why poison our sugar with Mercury?

In the last few weeks, Kenyans have been debating about poisonous sugar. It has been alleged that some importers of sugar want us dead. How else can we explain importation of sugar contaminated with Mercury, copper and lead?

These are commonly referred to as heavy metals. World Health Organization (WHO) has written and spoken a lot about Mercury and its effect on human health.

Mercury is dangerous to human health even in small amounts. The excerpt below extracted from WHO gives you a clue on what Mercury is capable of doing on human health:

A significant example of mercury exposure affecting public health occurred in Minamata, Japan, between 1932 and 1968, where a factory producing acetic acid discharged waste liquid into Minamata Bay. The discharge included high concentrations of methylmercury. The bay was rich in fish and shellfish, providing the main livelihood for local residents and fishermen from other areas.

For many years, no one realised that the fish were contaminated with mercury, and that it was causing a strange disease in the local community and in other districts. At least 50 000 people were affected to some extent and more than 2000 cases of Minamata disease were certified. Minamata disease peaked in the 1950s, with severe cases suffering brain damage, paralysis, incoherent speech and delirium.

It’s our sincere player that these heavy metals have not infiltrated into our bodies, otherwise we are in danger.

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Geoffrey Kerosi is a prolific Kenyan writer based in Nairobi City. He holds a Bachelors in Economics and Statistics and is currently pursuing Masters in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) from Kenyatta University. Email: info@kerosi.com. Whatsapp: +254713 639 776 YouTube: Kerosi TV

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