Again, authorities threaten stern actions against persons caught in illegal production of alcohol


The Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency (ZCSA) and Chipata City Council have warned of stern action against entities or individuals involved in the illegal production of portable spirits.

Chipata Mayor, George Mwanza, noted that the portable spirits were often poorly packaged in small bottles with scanty content or information on the label.

Mwanza said this during ZCSA’s roadshow at Saturday Market in Chipata on Sunday

He expressed concern that most young people were indulging in unregulated portable spirits commonly known as “Tujilijili” which have higher alcohol content above safe threshold for human consumption.

“The Tujilijili are usually abused by young people who include school going age and violent youths known as junkies,” Mwanza stated.

He regretted that the country was witnessing illegal production of alcoholic drinks in the backyards without adhering to safety and hygienic standards for human health

Mwanza noted that death, loss of sight, deafness, among other health problems had arisen in some parts of Zambia where individuals consumed portable spirits produced in a backyard.

“The two organizations will enhance education and enforcement activities to mitigate illegal production of portable spirits and other Alcoholic drinks here in Chipata,” he indicated.

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The Chipata Mayor added that Zambia had been battling to enforce the ban on used undergarments and nightwear

Mwanza stated that in 2006, government outlawed the sale of second hand undergarments because of safety concern.

“Potential public health impacts and dangers associated with the use of used undergarments vary depending on various factors such as the condition of the undergarments, the presence of pathogens and personal hygiene practice,” he said.

Mwanza assured that the Agency and the Council would ensure that only safe products were allowed on the market to protect consumers and the environment.

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