LAND ‘O’ LAKES FUNDED CONSULTANCY ON CAPACITY ASSESSMENT OF FOOD AND DAIRY ORIENTED ANALYTICAL LABORATORIES IN KENYA
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Project Code: 
PHPT005
Lead Researcher: 
Prof. Jackson Ombui

Land O Lakes signed a consultancy agreement with the Department of Public Health, Pharmacology to undertake a study on capacity assessment of food and dairy oriented analytical laboratories in Kenya. The study was carried out in sixty eight food and dairy oriented laboratories in Kenya to assess their potential capability to conduct bacteriological and chemical analysis of milk and milk products to international standards. The assessment exercise revealed that there is a large number of food and dairy orientated laboratories that conduct chemical and bacteriological analyses of milk and milk products. However, the capacity of the majority of these laboratories to generate internationally acceptable results is limited by inadequacies in terms of appropriate equipment, chemicals, reagents, and qualified personnel. The assessment revealed that only a limited number of laboratories had the capacity to potentially generate internationally acceptable chemical and bacteriological results. Many of the laboratories lacked appropriate equipments and accreditation status to allow them perform to the desired international standards. Few laboratories had be accredited to ISO 17025 and regularly calibrated the equipment. The study concluded that, there is need to strengthen one or two laboratories in each province with the required technical competence to produce internationally acceptable chemical and bacteriological data.