Over K7,000 Worth of Goods Seized in Kaoma and Kalumbila Districts
The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) in partnership with a joint team of health inspectors from Kaoma and Kalumbila Town Councils (KKTCs) have seized assorted expired goods worth K7,856 during inspections conducted in Kaoma and Kalumbila districts of Western and North-Western provinces respectively. The inspections were conducted on 23rd and 30th May, 2022 in 21 trading premises of Kaoma and Kalumbila Central Business Districts (CBDs).
The seized goods include assorted carbonated drinks, biscuits and cosmetic products among others. The goods were expired and therefore not fit for human consumption. Selling or offering for sale products not fit for purpose or expired is against the Competition and Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) No. 24 of 2010 as well as the Food and Safety Act No. 7 of 2019.
In light of this, the CCPC and its partners wish to warn all suppliers, retailers and distributors to seize selling unsuitable products which have exceeded their shelf life.
Traders are also advised to abide by the law and desist from engaging in unfair trading practices or any conduct that erode consumer welfare.
CCPC and its partners will continue working together in their quest to ensure that consumers are protected in Zambia through enforcement of their respective mandates.
Meanwhile, consumers are advised to be proactive and report perpetrators of such unfair trading practices by calling CCPC’s toll-free line 5678 or visiting any of its offices located countrywide or any nearest local council.