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Kenyan traders are painting avocados to dupe consumers

Unscrupulous fruit vendors have devised a new scheme to cheat unwary Kenyans, mostly targeting avocado and banana lovers. Consumers in Murang’a County raised the alarm on how traders were dipping avocados in a black chemical to convince their customers that the fruits were ripe.

One consumer said: “I always wash fruits and groceries bought from the market. I was stunned at realizing that the avocado was painted black. They stole from me. I could not believe I fell for the trick.”

In a Facebook post where the trick was disclosed, more Kenyans spoke about the fraud which they argued had infiltrated many markets in the region.  The traders were reported to be operating under shades, while others sold by the roadside and on the highways.


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