Food Safety and Nutrition Reference Laboratory (FSNRL) is located within the Division of National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL), Ministry of Health.
FSNRL is ISO 17025:2017 accredited for: Analysis of total aflatoxins in cereals and pulses, determination of ethanol and methanol in alcoholic beverages and determination of Iodine in table salt among others. The laboratory is recognized as one of the COMESA regional certified laboratories for analysis of total aflatoxins. FSNRL is also the designated testing laboratory for the annual household level salt Iodization monitoring in Kenya.
FSNRL’s mandate is to perform specialized laboratory tests aimed at prevention, diagnosis, and management of diseases of public health importance associated with food contaminants (Chemical), micronutrient deficiencies, uncontrolled use of regulated food additives and food adulteration.
This mandate is executed through:
- Performing tests on foods and water, clinical samples and any other relevant samples/specimens for purposes of prevention and control of non-communicable diseases that arise from food contaminants and other environmental toxicants.
- Conducting analysis of macro/micronutrient in foods
- Conducting food safety surveillance to determine compliance of foods in accordance to Kenya standards; Foods, Drugs and Chemical Substances Act (Cap 254), Codex standards, internationally recognized guidelines and other relevant legislation
- Conducting surveys for mapping the distribution of aflatoxins, heavy metals and other contaminants in the country
- Responding to food poisoning outbreaks and other food related public health emergencies
- Conducting surveys on food fortification in the country