Standards agency, local authority confiscate assorted products worth over K88,000


A joint team of officers from the Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency (ZCSA) and Lusaka City Council (LCC) has seized assorted potable spirits, toilet soaps, food products and spices valued around K88,260.

The assorted products were seized from Ming Hui Supermarket in Lusaka’s Industrial Area along Mungwi Road on Thursday for not adhering to applicable compulsory standards and the laws of Zambia.

This is according to a joint statement issued in Lusaka on Friday by ZCSA Head of Communications, Brian Hatyoka, and LCC Public Relations Manager, Chola Mwamba.

The products were reportedly seized specifically for being labelled in foreign language only while others had either expired or were not labelled at all.

Hatyoka further added that Ming Hui Supermarket supplied the market products covered by compulsory standards without authority from ZCSA.

“The infringed laws are Compulsory Standards Act No. 3 of 2017, Public Health Act Cap 295 of the laws of Zambia and the Food Safety Act No. 7 of 2019,’ he said.

Hatyoka said the assorted products, which have since been withdrawn from the market, would be disposed off as required by the law.

“The Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency and Lusaka City Council warns of stern action against entities which are in a habit of importing and selling products on the market without complying with various laws of Zambia,” he said.

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Hatyoka said unregulated products pose a risk to the safety and health of consumers and in this regard, the two institutions would continue conducting enforcement activities in a bid to ensure only safe products are allowed on the market.

He stated that the consumers are also urged to buy products from reputable sources and report suspicious products on the market.

“The two institutions will also continue conducting public education for the public to know what to look out for in products,” Hatyoka said.

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