Zambia Weights and Measures Agency (ZW&MA) has seized about one Hundred underweight loaves of bread from a Shoprite outlet in Ndola to ensure that there is no risk of supplying underweight bread on the market.
In a statement to Pan African Radio news, Zambia Weights and Measures Agency Public Relations Officer Mutale Chileshe said the Agency decided to carry out an inspection after receiving complaints from members of the public over suspicions of underweight bread from the retail outlet.
Mr. Chileshe said according to weights and measures regulations, break shall be sold by in three prescribed weights, which is 600g, 700g and 800g and the weight must not be more than two percent in deficiency or four percent in access.
“We have seized one Hundred underweight loaves of bread from a Shoprite outlet in Ndola to ensure that there is no risk of supplying underweight bread on the market” Mr. Chileshe said
And Mr. Chileshe said the production of bread was also stopped until the challenge causing the production of underweight bread was addressed.
Mr. Chileshe has since disclosed that the Shoprite outlet in Ndola has since been cautioned and instructed to establish a quality control system in their bread production line.
Meanwhile, Zambia Weights and Measures Agency Public Relations Officer Mutale Chileshe has commended the Zambezi Portland Cement Plant in Ndola for its internal monitoring system in which they randomly test bags from the production line to ensure no under-weight bags of cement are sold to the end users.
Mr. Chileshe added that the Zambezi Portland Cement Plant in Ndola has also been commended for complying with the provision of the Weights and Measures ACT CAP 403 of the Laws of Zambia on the declared quantities sold.
Mr. Chileshe has since advised Zambezi Portland Cement Plant in Ndola to rebrand their packing material to indicate net content as opposed to 50 kg packaging.
“We would like to urge production companies to ensure they put in quantity control measures so that their products have accurate quantities” Mr. Chileshe said