The Zambia Weights and Measures Agency has seized 650 under-filled containers of cooking oil from a named company in Lusaka.
A team of Zambia Weights and Measures Agency inspectors carried out a random inspection at the named company’s manufacturing plant where 650 containers of 500 milliliters, 750 milliliters, 2 liters, 2.5 liters, 5 liters, 10 liters and 20 liters of the cooking oil were subjected to a test.
The sample consisted of 125 by 500 milliliters, 125 by 750 milliliters, 125 by 2 liters, 125 by 2.5 liters, 50 by 5 liters, 50 by 10 liters, and 50 by 20 liters.
The 650 containers of cooking oil all failed the inspection test as they were all under-filled.
This is contrary to the Weights and Measures Act CAP 403 of the Laws of Zambia.
The under-filled containers of cooking oil were seized and shall be taken to the Courts of Law to be disposed of.
The under-filling of the oil was attributed to the use of un-verified equipment such as automatic fillers which the Agency cautioned the owner about.
Agency Spokesman Mutale Chileshe said “going by the results of the inspection, the owner was issued with an order of restraint of sale for the remaining batches of the product.”
Mr Chileshe advised the owners to re-package all the cooking oil in the manufacturing plant before it can be released to the public for consumption.
He said the managers were also summoned to the Zambia Weights and Measures Agency Headquarters for a hearing.
“Members of the public are advised to be vigilant and report any suspicion of incorrect quantities of pre-packaged products sold on the Zambian market. You are advised to look out for a ZWMA sticker on weighing and measuring instruments such as scales in butcheries and bakeries and fuel dispensers are filling stations,” he said.
“Also ensure that the weighing or measuring device is at zero or you may be paying for something you did not buy.”