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Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency probing safety of Blue Band Margarine

HeadlinesZambia Compulsory Standards Agency probing safety of Blue Band Margarine

The Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency (ZCSA) has instituted investigations in reports that BlueBand Fat Spread did not melt in hot water.

A video on social media alleges that BlueBand Fat Spread bought from Pick N Pay Woodlands could not melt even after subjecting to boiling water.

The Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency (ZCSA) in a statement says it has instituted investigations in the alleged claim so as to ascertain the objectiveness of the matter.

“As at 11th July 2018, ZCSA Inspectors visited Pick N Pay woodlands in Lusaka, where the product is purported to have been bought. The product was inspected and samples from different batches have been submitted for laboratory analysis,” says Agency Head of Public Relations Lee Haamunji.

Mr Haamunji said the impending results will direct ZCSA follow up action which will be made public as soon as possible.

“Furthermore, ZCSA would like to appeal to the claimant on the video to come forth and lodge in a formal complaint to the regulator,” he said.

“We applaud the vigilance exhibited by the claimant and we urge other consumers to be alert and report any product that they suspect to be unsafe to their health. The battle for quality needs concerted efforts from all stakeholders including consumers and regulators”.

“The safety and quality of products should never be compromised as such we call upon all manufacturers in Zambia to ensure that their products are meeting the required parameters of the various standards”.

Mr Haamunji said ZCSA will continue carrying out market surveillances and inspections of products to ensure that the products especially those which falls within the umbrella of compulsory standards are safe for consumption and do not pose any health risk to consumers.

27 COMMENTS

    • We are eating ourselves to death!
      This story is just the tip of an iceberg.
      The issue of fake good is wide spread.
      From water, soft drinks, condoms, spirits , cooking oil, eggs, rice , sugar , medicines and yet people just go about their lives?
      Wake up Zambia this is a dangerous place people are so desperate for money and that scares me!

  1. Dont be surprised if our Chink investors have a company in the townships packaging this stuff using bleached engine grease …who puts margarine spread on bread nowadays!!

    • That is not a proper explanation they have failed to address this issue properly.
      They should have taken the samples from the shop for testing!

  2. Are these products not tested by the standards authority before being allowed to be imported. If not then there should be many more good products which are being sold all over but which are not good for human consumption.

  3. SOME OF THESE BUTTER PRODUCTS HAVE A CONSISTENCY OF WAX. EXACTLY LIKE CANDLE WAX. ONE WONDERS HOW SAFE THEY ARE. EVEN AFTER EMULSIFICATION AND DIGESTION TO FATTY ACIDS AND GLYCEROL THEY TEND TO GET RECONSTITUTED BACK INTO ADIPOCYTES FORMING THICK ADIPOCE TISSUE AND ATHEROSCLEROTIC PLAQUES IN BLOOD VESSELS WHICH LEAD TO HEART ATTACKS, CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE, DIABETES, HYPERTENSION AND DEATH.

    • @Sharon:
      As you are the president of dunderheads in Zambia, do you even know what “ATHEROSCLEROTIC PLAQUES” is or means! I know that you don’t even know but you still agreed with what he was saying! You are a true Ass Hole!

  4. Why is everyone surprised, this is Zambia where everything sells on the market without being, checked, tried or tested.

  5. Me l have never seen our Zambian inspectors going on the ground checking and getting the samples on what people are selling on the market that’s why things are getting wrong each and everyday. Inspectors do your job don’t just play you are dealing with peoples lives, this is very annoying

  6. Problem of being a consumer nation. Bucilyelye bwakulatuletelela. Let us resort to natural foods that’s the only way to save ourselves from these “rotten” foods.

  7. Frank,same as my view. But go to hungry Lion, you find fat mothers and their fat children busy at it.Is it an addiction even after been warned? Try Kapenta,imitesa,dry fish, ifisashi.in simple terms,Traditional food is the best mwebantu. I only eat village chickens from a good source not broilers.

  8. Unilever are lying…..there is no speed in the world that does not melt.
    With boiling water and it remains solid ??

    Even solid cheese melts.

    Do not touch that product.

  9. Just close Unilever again. They had left Zambia at some point paving the way for ROP or Premium Oils and Amanita later. Why were they allowed to creep back into our country by the back door? Chase them otherwise they will kill a lot of people with their fake products.

  10. The problem with you Zambians is that you don’t want to support the local products, you keep wanting things you don’t know eg we have a lot of of peanut butter locally made but business turn out is low on local products you keep wanting SA goods

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