Zambia Police Intellectual Property Unity has destroyed a consignment of pirated sweets confiscated from a named Indian companion of Mwinilunga District bearing a Trade Kings brand worth K128 million.
The intellectual property unity officers from Lusaka seized 23, 283 packets of sweets from Solwezi and Mwinilunga districts selling outlets of a named Indian company producing them with a Trade Kings brand ‘Super’.
The officers who conducted the destruction in Solwezi yesterday said 4,292 packets of sweets worth K23 million were confiscated from Mwinilunga while18, 991 packets worth K105 million were confiscated from Solwezi selling outlets respectively.
They said the consignment was confiscated last month following a complaint by Trade Kings that a company in Mwinilunga district was producing sweets bearing their brand ‘super’ contrary to section 28 Cap 404 of copyright and property performance Act.
They said the unity moved in to sieze the property and destroyed it following the exhaustion of the case whose findings revealed that the Indian company was infringing on the copyright and property performance Act section 28 Cap 104 since it did not have a manufacturing plant in Mwinilunga district.
The officers said it was discovered that the sweets were manufactured in India and smuggled into Zambia for packaging.
They have since cautioned wholesalers and retailers to be mindful of sources of their products before they are passed on for public consumption to reduce health risks on consumers.
They also sounded a warning to would be offenders that they risk being prosecuted once found wanting.