THE Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) has confiscated expired cosmetics and diapers from a shop known as Cosmetic Cave in Livingstone.
ZABS head of marketing and public relations Hazel Zulu disclosed that 82 packets of baby diapers, 76 bars of skin lightening soap and 73 bottles of skin lightening body lotion all valued at K3, 050.00 were confiscated from the shop situated along Mosi-O-Tunya Road in Livingstone.
This is contained in a statement released and made available to the Daily Nation in Livingstone.
“The Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) has confiscated expired diapers and assorted cosmetics from 82 packages of baby diapers each containing 10 diapers known as Tender Rite and two packages of another brand of diapers called Baby Love each containing 52 diapers,” she said.
The statement further stated that the Bureau has also confiscated 76 bars of skin lightening soaps and 73 bottles of assorted body lotions all valued at an approximately K3, 050.00.
The consignment was confiscated from the shop on 24th March 2015.
“Acting on a customer complaint received on that date, the Bureau conducted an inspection in the shop and found that the shop owners were selling expired products. The expired products were ranging from baby diapers, bath soaps and body lotions, some of which had expired from as far back as 2013,” she said.
Ms. Zulu identified the expired products’ as Herbal Skin Doctor, JeuneFille, Hollywood Beauty, Bio-Claire, Block White, Body White and Diva Maxima.
Others brand names were Maxi Light, Coco derm, Fair & White and Super Baby face, Vest line, Elegance Clear, Sois Claire, G&G, and Top Society.
Ms Zulu warned manufacturers and traders that selling of expired products was a violation of the Standards Act Cap 416 of the laws of Zambia which may result in them losing their permit to supply.
“As you know, once a product is expired, the quality of that product cannot be guaranteed, it is compromised and it is a danger to the health and safety of the user,” she said.
And when contacted, Cosmetic Cave owner James Maluli commended ZABS for the inspection and urged them to extend the exercise to other shops in Livingstone.
He said that he usually takes the expired products to Livingstone City Council but that on that particular day, it was just a human error.