THE Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) has served a product rejection notice to Shoprite Mongu and confiscated assorted goods valued at over K2, 000.00,bureau head of marketing and public relations Hazel Zulu has disclosed.
Ms Zulu said this was as a result of a market surveillance and inspection conducted by the bureau inspectors in Mongu early this month to check levels of compliance on regulated products.
“This was as a result of a market surveillance and inspection that was conducted by the ZABS inspectors in Mongu, western province early this month to check levels of compliance on regulated products,
“The market surveillance inspection was conducted in accordance with the standards Act and the Public Health Act to check among other things the expiry dates, the presence of batch numbers and other traceability information, which is vital information that should be readily available to the consumer,” she said.
She explained that products that had been rejected included, bar soaps known as daily soap and brite lite pure soap, Knorr salad dressing, Lion shoe polish and baby wipes going by the brand name, lovies.
She said the bar soaps were rejected because they had no expiration dates, no batch numbers and no other traceability information.
Ms Zulu explained that the Knorr salad dressing containers were bulging, showing signs of possible internal product spoilage by bacteria or chemical reactions.
The shoe polish and baby wipes lacked batch numbers and expiration dates.
“There were 78 bar soaps, 14 Knorr salad dressing bottles, 104 tins of large and small lion shoe polish and 11 packets of baby wipes.
This operation was undertaken as part of the routine market surveillance and inspections that the institution undertakes periodically to check levels of compliance on regulated products,
“We are always concerned about the health and safety of the consumers and would like to firmly warn traders and shop owners that selling of substandard products is a violation of the standards Act Cap 416 of the laws of Zambia and can result in them losing their permit to supply,” she said.
Ms Zulu implored traders to partner with the Bureau for advice on applicable standards for various products.