ZCSA destroys assortment of non-complaint products valued at over K20, 000

  • The products include packaged water, fruit flavoured drinks, fertilizer, clear beer, potable spirits, shoe polish and mealie meal.
  • Disposal of non-compliant products is in line with the provisions of the Compulsory Standards Act No.3 of 2017.
  • Products covered by compulsory standards are only allowed on the market once they comply with regulatory requirements.

 

Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency (ZCSA) has destroyed assorted non-complaint products seized and withdrawn from the market in Lusaka early this year, valued at over K20, 000.

Agency Public Relations Officer, Onishias Maamba revealed in a statement that the products that have been destroyed include packaged water, fruit flavoured drinks, fertilizer, clear beer, potable spirits, shoe polish and mealie meal.

Mr. Maamba explains that the products were seized during the Agency’s enforcement activity conducted in Lusaka’s Emmasdale, Industrial Area, Chipata, Kanyama, Chawama, Town Centre, Kamwala South, 10 Miles, Ngwerere, Obama and Waterfalls Townships

He said the disposal of non-compliant products, which took place on June 5, 2024, is in line with the provisions of the Compulsory Standards Act No.3 of 2017.

“In March 2024,the Agency seized and withdrew the said products from the market during its open market surveillance inspections conducted in Lusaka to curtail the illegal sale of products covered by compulsory standards.”

“This enforcement activity in Lusaka was aimed at ensuring that only safe products are supplied to consumers as unlicensed products have the potential of posing a risk to the safety of consumers,” Mr.  Maamba explained.

He warned of the Agency’s stern action against the illegal manufacturing, importation and sale of products covered by compulsory standards.

“Products covered by compulsory standards are only allowed on the market once they comply with regulatory requirements in relevant compulsory standards. Manufacturers are required to obtain authority from the Agency before supplying products covered by compulsory standards on the market to safeguard the safety of consumers.”

“The Agency has intensified its enforcement and public education activities on all regulated products to protect consumers,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Mr. Maamba advised consumers to be safety conscious and only buy food products and beverages from regulated and reputable outlets, as Zambia joins the rest of the world in celebrating the World Food Safety Day on Friday 7th June, 2024.

He noted that consuming unregulated food products and beverages whose safety has not been ascertained can pose a risk to their health and lead to sickness or even death like the recent case of traditional beer in Pemba district of Southern Province.

“Consumers must refrain from consuming beverages and food products whose source is unknown or questionable. Consumers must alert the Agency of suspicious or suspected illegally produced food products and beverages on the market so that enforcement actions are implemented,” Mr. Maamba noted.

This year’s World Food Safety day will be held under the theme “Food Safety: Prepare for the Unexpected.”

ZCSA regulates 61 imported and locally manufactured products falling within the scope of Compulsory Standards covering Food Products, Beverages, Chemical products, Household Electrical and similar appliances, Fuel, Fertilizers, Rubber products and Used Textile Products, among others.

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