ZAMBIA Compulsory Standards Agency has withdrawn 101 by 500mls bottles of Refresher Still mineral water amounting to K312 on account of being expired.
Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency (ZCSA) public relations officer Lee Haamunji urged members of the public to be cautious whenever they were buying products and take time to read the product labels before making a purchase.
“The Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency (ZCSA), formerly the Inspections Department of the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) has, in a bid to protect the public from harmful products, withdrawn 101 by 500mls bottles of Refresher Still mineral water amounting to K312 on account of being expired. Selling of expired goods is prohibited under the Compulsory Standards Act No. 3 of 2017 because the safety of such products beyond their shelf life cannot be guaranteed hence have potential to put the health of consumers at risk,” Haamunji stated.
“The expired products were seized from Game Stores at Manda Hill Shopping Mall in Lusaka on Wednesday, 7 February 2018. Consumers should read the product labels carefully and take note of information such as the expiry date of the product, the manufacturer of the product in the event of redress, the batch number, product ingredients and any other relevant information. This is particularly because it enables consumers to make buying decisions from an informed position. Business owners are urged to ensure that they monitor their stock and keep expired and unsafe products off the shelves as required by the law, thereby safeguarding public health and safety.”
Haamunji stated that there was need for various manufacturers to adhere to the requirements of standards by ensuring that they provided necessary information to consumers regarding their products.