TRYNESS TEMBO, Lusaka
COMPETITION and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), in partnership with two local authorities in Northern Province, has seized assorted goods worth over K23,000.
The seized items did not meet the minimum required standard to be sold to consumers as some products were expired and others had no expiry dates while others had broken seals and insufficient labelling, among others.
CCPC public relations officer Namukolo Kasumpa said the products seized included beverages, biscuits and cosmetics.
“Two separate joint inspection operations were conducted in over 95 trading places in Luwingu and Mbala districts within July.
“The seizure of the assorted goods was conducted during random inspections of trading places with a view to ascertaining the traders’ compliance,” Ms Kasumpa said in a statement availed to the Daily Mail yesterday.
Ms Kasumpa urged traders to abide by the law and desist from engaging in unfair trading practices or any conduct that can erode consumer welfare.
“CCPC has noted with great concern that rural communities are being taken advantage of by unscrupulous traders and the commission will not allow this conduct to continue and will intensify on inspections in these areas,” she said.