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Your favorite roadside mutura and boiled eggs linked to diarrhoea  

Most mutura vendors are strategically located at local bar joints, where mutura is sold alongside other delicacies like soup made from cow or goat head and feet.

However, the Star has established that most of these muturas and boiled eggs are contaminated with disease-causing germs and are not fit for human consumption.

Results from the National Public Health Laboratory indicate that the muturas and eggs have a high presence of E. coli bacteria, which indicates human or animal faecal contamination, hence shouldn’t be consumed.

Food experts say it is an indication that the germs produce poisonous toxins, which cause illness upon ingestion.

We collected samples of mutura from popular joints in Kangemi, Westlands, CBD and Umoja in Eastlands.

“In most cases, you will find the water used in cooking had contents of human waste. If not, then those who handled the food had contact with human waste,”

mutura seller

Just to be sure that the food being sold is safe, we went further to collect samples of boiled eggs and smokies from the said areas.

After NTV aired the popular red meat alert, we made a request to the laboratory through the Director of Public Health to undertake the tests.

Upon being granted our request, we were issued with sterilised carriers that we used to collect the samples.

When results were released, it was confirmed that the samples of mutura and boiled eggs were contaminated. All the samples of smokies, however, were given a clean bill of health as fit for human consumption.

Boiled eggs
Boiled eggs. photo credit: the african exponent

For instance, from the mutura sample we collected in Kangemi, tests had indicated that it contained 150 E. coli in 1g, with 2,400 coliforms and 100 colony-forming units per millilitre (CFU/ml) of absolute plate count at 30 degrees centigrade.

“The handlers either use dirty water in the preparation process or use dirty cutlery like knives in cutting the mutura or spoons in peeling the eggs.”

The mutura sample from CBD indicated 4 E. coli and 2,400 coliforms in 1g of the sample, with 150 CFU/ml at an absolute plate count of 30 degrees C.

Eggs Tray

But for the sample we collected in Umoja, it had 0 e.coli and 3 coliforms in one gram with 10 CFU/ml at the same absolute plate count of 30 degrees C. This, the lab indicated, was fit for consumption.

With regards to boiled eggs, the sample we collected from a popular joint in Westlands had 3 E. coli and 2,400 coliforms in 1g, with 200 CFU/ml at a plate count of 30 degrees.

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