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Entrepreneurs urged to use ZABS for quality products

ESTHER MSETEKA, Lusaka
IN A bid to promote trade and economic growth, local manufacturers, food processors and other entrepreneurs have been urged to use the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) labs to improve the quality of products.
ZABS head marketing and public relations Hazel Zulu said testing of products by local entrepreneurs will help bring about competition and will in turn stimulate sustainable socio-economic growth.
In a statement obtained by the Daily Mail yesterday, Mrs Zulu said between January and March this year, the bureau analysed and tested a total of 2,016 product samples instead of the targeted 1,827.
She said during the period under review, the largest number of samples tested were food-stuffs, petroleum samples, water and fruit-flavoured drinks.
Mrs Zulu said of the products tested, 424 were assorted foodstuffs, 580 petroleum products and 173 fruit-flavoured drinks.
“This is a good indication as 62 percent of the samples tested were submitted for testing by private clients. This confirms that more local manufacturing companies are voluntarily coming forward to have their products tested and analysed for quality because of the value this service provides to their businesses.
“We are urging industries and individuals to make use of the laboratory testing services so that they can be sure of the quality of products they are putting on the market. [This will in the long-term help] protect the health and safety of consumers and promote socio-economic development,” she said.

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