The Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency (ZCSA) has seized an assortment of expired, banned, unregistered, poorly labeled local and imported products in Eastern Province valued about K50, 000.
Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency Head of Communications, Brian Hatyoka, said the batches of 66 x 50 kilogramme (Kg) bags of expired poultry feed-broiler starter valued at K38, 280 were seized from premises and removed from the market.
Hatyoka said this in a statement issued in Lusaka on Friday after a team of the agency Board of Directors successfully concluded its familiarization tour of the Agency’s offices in Eastern Province.
He said the different products were seized in Vubwi, Mwami, Chipata, Chadiza and Katete Districts of Eastern Province during the recent Open Market Surveillance inspections conducted by ZCSA in the region.
“From July 31, 2023 to August 31, 2023, ZCSA conducted its market surveillance inspections countrywide in a bid to curtail the sale of unsafe products covered by compulsory standards,” Hatyoka said.
He said the countrywide market surveillance programme was aimed at ensuring continued compliance of products with compulsory standards, to protect consumers in line with the Agency’s mandate.
“On another hand, batches of 62 x 50 kg bags of Compound – D fertilizer, valued at K40, 300.00 have been quarantined in Eastern Province at a facility operating without authority and illegally mixing and re-packaging fertilizers,” Hatyoka said.
He further said batches of 11 x 50 kg bags of Urea fertilizer, valued at K7, 700 were quarantined for operating without authority and illegally mixing and re-packaging fertilizers.
Hatyoka said in both cases, investigations are still underway as ZCSA is awaiting laboratory results before further action can be taken.
“The Agency is warning traders and firms to avoid supplying expired, banned and unregistered products that may put the health and safety of consumers at risk,” he warned.
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