OVER 11, 000 by 1 litre containers of Lyons peanut butter valued at K357, 500.00 have been seized by the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) from various shops in Lusaka for failing to meet required food standards in August 2016.
The seized product failed on one critical parameter known as aflatoxins after laboratory tests.
ZABS head of marketing and public relations, Hazel Zulu, explained in a statement that the products were quarantined after routine inspections in the central business district (CBD) and Soweto market.
Other places where the butter was found included Chaisa township, Kamwala trading area, Woodlands, Kabwata, Chilenje and Manda Hill shopping mall as well as the main supplier of Lyons peanut butter, Lyons Trading Z. Limited.
“We are concerned about this development because we know that products that do not conform to set standards can be a danger to the health and safety of consumers, who have the right to be protected from defective and dangerous products,” she said.
Ms Zulu said ZABS had since continued to sample and test more of the peanut butter bearing different batch numbers to ascertain the quality.
She said the bureau had since withdrawn the product from the market until the manufacturer was able to demonstrate that the product was compliant with the Zambian Standard, ZS 723 for peanut butter.
“It is important for importers to know that section 10 of the Standards Act Cap 416 of the laws of Zambia states in part that a person shall not supply to another person any commodity to which a compulsory standard applies unless the commodity concerned complies with the standard,” she said.
ZABS would continue to inspect products to make certain that those that did not comply with the set standards were immediately removed from the market to safeguard public health and safety.
Ms Zulu said the bureau would soon conduct countrywide surveillance inspections.
“In the meantime, we would like to caution consumers to desist from consuming this product until such a time that we are satisfied that the manufacturer has complied with the requirements of the standard,” she said.