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ZABS urge traders to buy from registered suppliers

KELLY NJOMBO, Lusaka
THE Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) has urged traders to ensure that they buy products from licensed manufacturers who possess valid permits to supply.
ZABS head marketing and public relations Hazel Zulu said a supply certificate will show evidence and give assurance to the trader that the products they are buying for re-sale have been inspected, tested and certified fit for use by the bureau.
Mrs Zulu said in a statement availed to the Daily Mail on Sunday that supplying products which fall under mandatory/compulsory standards without a licence or a permit to supply is a violation of the law.
“Traders are, therefore, at liberty to request for a ZABS licence or a permit to supply from manufacturers for as long as they are buying any product that falls under mandatory standards to confirm that a particular manufacturer is legally mandated to do so.
“This will trickle down to owners of smaller roadside shops, popularly known as tutemba, as they will also be assured that they are buying quality products from wholesalers and other bigger shops,” Mrs Zulu said.
Some of the products that fall under mandatory standards include: mealie meal, cooking oil, biscuits and bottled water. Others are animal feed, paint, electric cables and fertilisers, among others.
Mrs Zulu said traders should be aware that ZABS is mandated under the standards act to issue a permit to supply products to manufacturers supplying products that fall under mandatory standards.
She said the permit to supply is only given upon thorough inspection and audit of the manufacturers’ facility, processes as well as the product and the bureau is satisfied that the manufacturer meets all the requirements of the standard.
“ZABS would like to take this opportunity to advise traders or retailers to always buy products from licensed manufacturers,” Mrs Zulu said.
Currently, there are 50 mandatory standards in Zambia.

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