The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) in collaboration with Chama District Council and the Ministry of Health have seized goods worth K6, 700.00 for not complying with the Competition and Consumer Protection Act No. 24 of 2010 as well as the Food and Drugs Act Cap 303 of the Laws of Zambia.
Among the items seized during an inspection included goods which did not meet the mandatory product information standards set by the Food and Drugs Act Cap 303 of the Laws of Zambia as well as those which were considered to be unsafe for sell to the Zambian consumers as provided for in Section 52 under part VII of Competition and Consumer Protection Act.
The Commission also noted that traders had in stock expired planet drinks alleged to have been procured from their suppliers a week ago. Therefore, the Commission would like to urge traders to ensure that they purchase products with a longer shelf life in order to save the lives of consumers as well as avoid being prosecuted through the Courts of Law.
The Commission also warns traders who have a habit of selling unsuitable products which have exceeded their shelf life as well removing labels on meat products and placing new ones on those that have expired to desist from engaging in such trade practises.
Furthermore, the Commission would like to advise consumers to take time to read and understand the information that is provided on labels for various products before making a purchasing decision. The consequences of not reading the information provided on the label can be detrimental and to some extent fatal.
The inspection was conducted on 1st November, 2016 during a sensitization tour of Chama, Mafinga and Nakonde.