ZCSA elated with 82 percent compliance level for bottled drinking in Ndola

 

  • ZCSA is impressed with compliance levels for bottled drinking water being supplied on the market in Ndola District of Copperbelt Province.
  • General compliance levels for bottled drinking water currently stands at 82 percent compared to 78 percent recorded last year.
  • 38 manufacturers, brands and trading outlets were complaint while eight were non-compliant.

 

Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency (ZCSA) has disclosed that the general compliance levels for bottled drinking water being supplied on the market in Ndola, on the Copperbelt, currently stands at 82 percent compared to 78 percent recorded in 2023.

In a statement, ZCSA Acting Manager–Communications and Public Relations Brian Hatyoka, noted that a recent market surveillance inspection conducted by the Agency in Ndola’s Masala, Chifubu, Twapya, Pamodzi and Town Centre, revealed that bottled drinking water in most trading outlets is compliant with the Zambian Standard – ZS 388: Bottled Drinking Water – Specification.

Mr. Hatyoka said the Agency is impressed with compliance levels for bottled drinking water in the district.

“The general compliance levels for bottled drinking water in the surveyed Townships currently stands at 82 percent compared to 78 percent recorded last year,” Mr. Hatyoka stated.

He further disclosed that according to the findings of the market surveillance inspection, 38 manufacturers, brands and trading outlets were complaint while eight were non-compliant.

“The nature of the non-compliance incidents included failure to register with ZCSA as required by the Compulsory Standards Act and failure to indicate batch numbers on the products, which are key in ensuring product traceability.”

“The Agency has since taken samples of the non-compliant bottled drinking water to the laboratory for further analysis,” he added.

Mr. Hatyoka reiterated the need for manufacturers, importers and traders of products covered by compulsory standards to register with the Agency for them to legally supply products on the market.

“No one is legally allowed to supply any product covered by a compulsory standard without authority from the Agency.  All non-compliant products will be seized and withdrawn from the market to protect consumers and the environment,” Mr. Hatyoka warned.

He also advised consumers to contribute to safeguarding their health by only buying products from reputable and registered suppliers.

“ZCSA inspects factories producing bottled/Packaged drinking water for compliance both to Good Manufacturing Practices and to the compulsory standard for bottled drinking water,” he said.

As a statutory body under Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, ZCSA, is mandated by the Compulsory Standards Act No. 3 of 2017, to administer, maintain and enforce compulsory standards for the purpose of public safety, health, consumer and environmental protection.

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