TRYNESS MBALE, Lusaka
THE Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) and Chadiza District Public Health Office have seized expired products from various shops in the district worth K1,000.
The seized products included sanitary pads, bathing soaps, biscuits, shoe polish, tooth paste and assorted drinks.
CCPC public relations officer Hanford Chaaba said the sanitary pads did not have manufacturing and expiry dates. He said sanitary pads contributed over 90 percent of the products seized, a worrying situation because of hygiene issues.
â€œOur appeal to the public is to check for expiry dates and general information of the products so as to avoid consuming products that might endanger their lives,â€ Mr Chaaba said in a statement issued in Lusaka recently.
Commenting on the development, Chief Zingalume of Chadiza expressed satisfaction that consumer protection will be enhanced looking at sensitisation campaigns embarked on by the CCPC across the country.
The traditional leader also said chiefs are cardinal in consumer protection as they are the leaders of the largest population in the country.
He said his subjects will benefit from the information regarding their consumer rights considering the district is located between Malawi and Mozambique, a situation which exposes them to imported products.
Chief Zingalume said the engagement with CCPC is a good strategy if consumer protection is to be enhanced in rural areas, where most of the unsuspecting consumers reside.
â€œGovernment needs to be commended for reaching out to rural areas through CCPC and we urge other institutions whose role is to reach the community in rural areas to also use traditional leaders as they have well-functioning structures aimed at reaching everybody in the district,â€ he said.
And in Livingstone, a combined team of CCPC and the Livingstone City Council staff seized undisclosed amounts of expired and sub-standard goods from various shops in the central business district, reports SHIKANDA KAWANGA.
CCPC Livingstone investigator Chipapa Matyola said products were confiscated from various shops and amongst the goods were assorted groceries, cosmetics and fish.
He was speaking in Livingstone recently after displaying the expired confiscated products.
TRYNESS MBALE, Lusaka