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Mothers raise concern over proliferation of fake diapers



When you want to purchase baby nappies, do you know how to identify a fake one from an original?

Mothers, who raised their concerns  revealed that many Kenyans could unknowingly be buying fake diapers.

Ms Jecinter Nyokabi* has never had preference for any particular brand and just shops for any that is available.

That is until yesterday when she noticed that her baby was crying constantly and scratching himself after she used a popular brand. He later developed a nasty rash, raising an immediate red flag for the mother.

“I initially thought that he had soiled himself. When I checked, he had not. I went ahead and removed the diaper and he calmed down,” she said.

Ms Nyokabi reached out to the company on their social media pages and asked how one should identify a genuine Pampers nappy because she had detected slight differences between the one she had bought and what she has used previously.

While acknowledging the existence of fake Pampers in parts of Nairobi, the company said they were working with the authorities to apprehend the culprits behind the counterfeits.

“Our priority at Pampers is to ensure that your baby gets superior dryness protection and comfort from the brand that you have come to love and trust,” they said.

The company said one quick way to determine whether the diaper one is buying is an original Pampers is to check whether the packaging is the same colour and clearly reads “Pampers Baby Dry” or “Pampers Premium Care”.

The production date and batch number should also be visible.

“On opening the packaging, the diapers inside should have the usual cartoon character in colourful design and there should be a serial number on the side of each diaper besides having it on the package,” the company advised.

The original Pampers is longer to keep the accumulated baby urine at a comfortable distance away from the baby’s genitals, company staff said.

Both the ears of the teddy bear on the front side of the diaper should be orange in colour and there should be an orange line running across the curves of the diaper (the portion which touches the inner legs of the baby).

The material of the original pampers is much softer and smoother than the fake one. Efforts to get comments from the Kenya Bureau of Standards were futile as e- mails and messages went answered.

Early last week, the French national health agency, Anses, reported that it had found chemicals in babies’ diapers that exceed safety levels.

Tests found substances that are potentially dangerous to human health, including the controversial weed killer glyphosate, the agency said.

It has called for rapid action “considering the possible risks these chemicals may pose” to babies. Some nappy brands available in France are also sold in other countries.

Among the chemicals found in excess of safety thresholds were the perfumes Lilial and Lyral, and aromatic hydrocarbons, dioxins, and furans.

Marketed under the name Roundup in the US, glyphosate is widely used by manufacturers but has been a frequent target for health and environmental campaigners after the World Health Organisation classified it as “probably carcinogenic”.


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