CCPC seizes goods worth K 7,675 in Luapula Province

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has seize good worth K7, 675.05 in Luapula province.

The Commision has seized assorted goods collectively in collaboration with Local Authorities in six (6) districts of Luapula Province, after a joint inspections conducted in over 100 trading places in June 2018.

The seized items had defects and therefore, did not meet the mandatory product information standards set Section 50 of the Competition and Consumer Protection Act No 24 of 2010 and the Food and Drugs Regulations under the Food and Drugs Act Cap 303 of the Laws of Zambia.

CCPC Public Relations Officer Namukolo Kasumpa said some goods were expired while others did not have expiry dates, insufficient labels and some had broken seals.

Ms Kasumpa said the seizure of the goods was conducted during a sensitization and advocacy tour aimed at sensitizing the consumers on their rights and obligations.

She said the commission was also inspecting trading premises in selected districts in the Province with the view of ascertaining the trader’s compliance levels with the Competition and Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) No 24 of 2010

“The products seized included sausages, biscuits, assorted snacks, agro inputs and cosmetics. Another notable product that was seized were expired drinks. Traders had rubbed off the expiry dates and some drinks were labelled in foreign language which is in contravention of the Act and poses a health risk to Zambian consumers,” she said.

The Commission would like to warn suppliers, retailers and distributors to cease selling unsuitable products, which have exceeded or are close to reaching their shelf life especially to rural areas.

Traders are further advised to abide the law and desist from engaging in unfair trading practices or any conducts that erode consumer welfare.

The Commission has noted with great concern that rural communities are a target of unscrupulous traders.

The Commission will not allow this conduct to continue and has since intensified inspections in rural areas.

Further the Commission would like to advise consumers countrywide to be proactive and report perpetrators of both anti-competitive business behaviour and unfair trading practices to the Commission.

“Our appeal is to members of the public is to be alert and check for expiry dates and general information of the products so as to avoid consuming products that might endanger their lives.”

The local authorities involved in the exercise were Samfya, Mwense, Kawambwa, Mwansabombwe, Nchelenge and Chembe District Councils.

 

Alice Nachilembe

Alice Nachilembe is a Journalist who yearns for a better country with leaders being accountable to their mandate without oppressing the governed.

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