As BRS COPs launch a “PCB Fair,” a new study shows that free-range eggs and recycled plastic products from Kenya contain high levels of dioxin-like PCBs and other toxic...read more
Kenya is a country located on the east coast of Africa, and it is the cradle of nature and environmental conservation. In addition to well-known national parks and wildlife, it also hosts a number of sites polluted by waste and toxic substances. One of the most infamous places is the Dandora dumpsite in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. And this is where the cooperation between Arnika and Kenyan NGOs began. In 2004, a sample of hen's eggs were taken and sent to Czech laboratories for analysis for toxic substances, and the Kenyan government thus obtained the first specific data on dioxins in Kenya.
Since then, Arnika has coordinated several projects in which, together with Kenyan partners, we have mapped toxic substances such as dioxins, brominated flame retardants, and mercury not only in pollution hot spots, but also in cosmetic creams.
Most of the projects were made possible by the international network of civil society organizations IPEN and, in recent years, also by the support of the Swedish government.