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TWO Zambeef trucks transporting meat products, have been impounded by the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) at the Katima-Mulilo border post in Western Province.

Zambeef, a leading meat supplier is under the spotlight for allegedly flooding the local market with products believed to contain dangerous levels of aromatic aldehydes, a chemical used to embalm dead bodies which could cause organic cancer in humans.

According to ZNBC news monitored yesterday, the trucks were believed to be carrying kidneys and offals imported from Ireland and being transported through, the Port of Walvis Bay in Namibia enroute to Zambia.

The alert ZRA officials also detained 12 trucks carrying Tilapia-Fish belonging to Capital Fisheries that were entering the border post in Sesheke.

Sesheke District council secretary, Given Muleya said the Zambeef trucks had been impounded following instructions from the Ministry of Health and Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA).

Mr Muleya said in an interview with TV2, that the trucks would only be released after inspections on the products, were conducted.

The meat supplier had withdrawn all imported beef products from its outlets in Zambia until Government fully investigates the allegations against it.

With 103 retail outlets across the country, Zambeef had since sent samples for testing to internationally accredited laboratories in South Africa and Germany and insisted that its products were fit for human consumption.

Chief executive officer Francis Grogan said lastweek that only local beef and beef products were currently on sale in all outlets.

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    • I hope your also a ware that some people use ARVs to their chickens grow fast. You might taking ARVs unknowingly and by the time you need them. Sorry already developed resistance. Even indiscriminate use of antibiotics especially chicken????????????????.Kaya kaya according to Danny

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  1. This is getting ridiculous. But as things are in Zambia, i will not be surprised to see see “Post-Beef” outlets springing up around the country esp that the trucking business he has gone into is not yielding the anticipated returns

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  2. aromatic aldehydes, a chemical used to embalm dead bodies

    Why not say chemicals used in food flavoring but instead relating it to chemicals used in embalming of dead bodies to make it sound awful to Zam beef consumers.

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  3. Zambeef formed mid 1990 with Zambezi ranching and cropping with 50% share holding, Zam milk, Zam leather, Zambread, Zampalm oil, Zamchick, Zamshoe, Zam zam zam zam etc. I hope the government is handling this matter rightly otherwise it may cost it billion of dollars.

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  4. And someone was voicing concern and wonder at why there is such an increase of cancer-related diseases in Zambia! ZAMBEEF, clearly ,has quite a lot to do with this situation.

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  5. Its really surprising how us Zambians react to news without giving thorough thoughts. The first question one would ask him/her self is what does the policy say on the importation of meat and other livestock products? Can someone tell me how the meat can just be imported into Zambia just like that? My fellow countrymen and women, this shows a clear lapse on our regulations. I believe whenever such consignments are imported, there are import documentation issued to the importer specifying the conditions under which the consignment is to be imported. Then can someone explain how this meat has been finding itself in Zambia when the Ministry of Agric and Health have staff stationed at each and every border entry border. This is total careless of govt itself, no one else to blame.

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    • i worked under the ministry of Agric. livestock. No single time do we stop Zambeef truck to check what is carried in the closed containers. Why? all road blocks are the police who do not understand the this. What surprising also is Chibolya meat suppliers. We have determined that most of those pigs have Tenia spp. what happens the council are in charge. So what happens. Can i walk into the shop and condemn meat. No i will told it the council issue. For someone to move livestock he requires vet clearance, council and police, but with carcases only council and police.
      i am qualified international meat inspector in the quality, additives, adulteration marbling, pricing etc to protect consumers, can i be heard NO. so leave them and eat chickens with ARVs. In fact acetone is better.

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  6. Awe kulaloleshafye,Zambeef has been operating in Zambia for ages.All along such an allegation was not there,ba PF balasenda company,wait and see

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  7. IF THIS ALLEGATION IS TRUE, THEN THESE MORONS SHOULD BE ARRESTED IMMEDIATELY. THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT-CAUSE OF ALL EVIL. HOW DO YOU IMPORT OFFALS ALL THE WAY FROM IRELAND WHEN IN ACTUAL FACT THERE ARE A LOT OF OFFALS IN MONZE? INDEED THERE IS A LOT OF FRAUD IN THIS CASE. THOROUGH INVESTIGATIONS SHOULD BE DONE. ZAMBEEF SHOULD PROMOTE LOCAL FARMERS BY BUYING FROM THEM. ANYWAY I BLAME GOVERNMENT FOR BEING SO LIBERAL IN MONITORING OPERATIONS OF COMPANIES IN ZAMBIA. A LOT OF DIRTY CARPET TRANSACTIONS ARE GOING ON EVERYDAY ON ZAMBIAN INDUSTRY.

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  8. IF IT IS TRUE, THEN CAGE THE PERPETRATORS, AND THIS DEMONSTRATES THE WEAKNESS THAT GOVERNMENT HAS IN MONITORING

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    • And what happens if it is not true? Who will be held accountable for ruining a viable industry? In this case whichever way it is proven, heads must roll. If the papers have lied they must be taken to court for causing alarm and if Zam beef has lied they must also be closed and prosecuted. So lets wait and see once real professionals have concluded this.

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  9. More HORSEMEAT!!! Thanks Mr Grogan! Zambia importing “Beef”, from a country that heavily relies on Beef imports!!! Fya pa UK, it has to be good!! Uk is Heaven kaili!!!!!

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    • UK can never be heaven be mindful of that statement, There is only one heaven where the almighty God dwells.

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