Kenya - Country Commercial Guide
Labeling/Marking Requirements

Overview of the different labeling and marking requirements, including any restrictive advertising or labeling practices and where to get more information.

Last published date: 2021-09-13

Special labeling is required for certain goods including condensed milk, paints, varnishes, vegetables, tobacco products, and butter. In addition, imports of pre-packaged paints and related or similar products must be sold by metric weight or metric fluid measure. Weights and measure indicators must be in metric form or display both metric and imperial units, (the U.S. standard).

All labeling of packaging of imports shall include English and/or Kiswahili. Packaged goods (such as foodstuffs, chemicals, cosmetics, and similar) shall indicate the batch numbers and dates of expiration and/or date of production. All imports with a limited shelf life (Food products) shall have more than seventy-five per cent (75%) shelf life from the date of expected landing in Kenya. For non-food products, the minimum shelf life 50%.

Manufacturers are required to indicate the date of manufacture and expiry on the labels of consumable products. Labeling for pharmaceutical products must include therapeutically active substances, inactive ingredients, name, and percentage of any bactericidal or bacteriostatic agent, expiry date, and batch number, registration number of the product, and warnings or precautions, and the official name and business address of manufacture. 

For more information, visit the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) website.