At least 2, 251 bottles of fruit flavored drinks valued at K46, 505 supplied to the market illegally in Shiwang’andu District of Muchinga Province have been disposed off.
A joint team of officers from the Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency (ZCSA) and Shiwang’andu Town Council carried out the destruction activity on Tuesday morning.
Jangle Orange, Jangle Pine Apple and Jangle Granadilla brands have been disposed off through a Court Order issued on November 22, 2023 by Shiwang’andu Magistrate’s Court.
This is according to a joint statement issued in Lusaka on Tuesday by the Agency Head of Communications, Brian Hatyoka, and Shiwang’andu Town Council Public Relations Officer, Mutemwa Sakala.
“The seized products violated Section 15 and 21 of the Compulsory Standards Act No. 3 of 2017, Public Health Act Cap 295 Section 108 and the Food Safety Act No. 7 of 2019 Section 43 (a), (g), (k) and (I) of the Laws of Zambia,” Hatyoka and Sakala said.
The duo stated that, in May 2023, officers from the Council, the Agency and the Ministry of Health intercepted a truck carrying fruit flavoured drinks from Lusaka.
Hatyoka and Sakala warned of stern action against entities which were manufacturing and supplying beverages on the market without complying with the laws of Zambia.
“This is because such products whose safety has not been ascertained may pose a risk to public safety and health,” they said.
Hatyoka and Sakala indicated that the authorities would continue conducting joint enforcement activities in a bid to ensure that only safe products are allowed on the market.
They urged consumers to buy products from reputable sources and report any suspicious product to authorities.
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