By Staff Writer
The Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency (ZCSA) has directed Zambia Breweries to recall Castle Lite beer bearing batches No. 319 and No. 227 due to quality concerns.
ZCSA Communications Officer Caroline Kalombe said this follows an investigation conducted by the Agency which was aimed at ascertaining the safety of this product in line with the Agency’s mandate under the Compulsory Standards Act No.3 of 2017.
Ms Kalombe said the Agency has quarantined over 828 cases of 330mls Castle Lite valued at K151,796. 388 cases bearing batch No. 319 2022 L3 with a Best before date of March 15, 2023, valued at K65,996 and 440 cases bearing batch No. 227 valued at K85,800 with a Best before date of February 1, 2023 were quarantined.
She said the affected product was quarantined in Lusaka, Mansa and Ndola.
“Zambia Breweries has been directed to immediately conduct a public recall of the affected batches and inform the Agency on the quantities recalled and corrective actions implemented to ensure the health and safety of consumers is not at risk,” she said.
Ms Kalombe said the Agency has also cautioned members of the public against consuming Castle Lite from this batch until investigations are concluded and further guidance is provided.
She said ZCSA is also directing secondary suppliers of the batches to stop distributing the product until investigations are concluded.
Ms Kalombe said that products subjected to compulsory standards should only be supplied if they conform with the relevant Zambian Compulsory Standards and to written authority from the Agency.
She said consumers should purchase their products from trusted sources during the festive season to avoid purchasing products that might potentially negatively affect their health.