“ZCSA Seizes K2,700 in Expired Beverages”

… Maamba says the confiscated goods in Nakonde were supplied in violation of the Compulsory Standards Act No. 3 of 2017, which regulates the quality and safety of products.

By Francis Maingaila

*Lusaka, Zambia24 (20-05-2024) — The Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency (ZCSA) has seized expired beverages worth over K2,700 from markets in Nakonde District.

The weekend operation resulted in the confiscation of more than 20 crates of expired beverages from Punga Waba Kankwe and Ishmu Poultry Farms.

According to ZCSA Public Relations Officer Onishius Maamba, “These beverages, valued at K2,790, were supplied to the market in violation of the Compulsory Standards Act No. 3 of 2017.”

The seized products, allegedly from Lusaka, had been available on the market for about a month and will be disposed of soon to prevent any health risks.

Maamba warned that entities in a habit of manufacturing, importing, or supplying beverages without adhering to Zambian laws face prosecution and potential business closures.

He emphasized that non-compliant products pose a significant risk to public safety and health.

However, the ZCSA remains committed to continuing its enforcement and public education efforts across Zambia.

“Our goal is to ensure only safe products are available to consumers. The results of our efforts include improved product safety, enhanced consumer protection, increased competitiveness of local products, better compliance with standards, and greater consumer awareness of product safety,” Maamba explained.

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

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