Mansa Municipal Council has confiscated expired foodstuffs amounting to K8867.55 from shoprite, Amico and Zambeef outlets during a routine inspection.
A combined team of Public Health Inspectors from the Local Authority and the Ministry of Health swung into action and confiscated foodstuffs that were found to be expired, dented, rotten and some without clear labels from the three outlets.
The seizure of expired foodstuffs was in a quest to enforce the Public Health Act Cap 295 and Food and Drugs Act Cap 303 of the Laws of Zambia.
Items seized include 36 hubbly bubbly cases and 35 apple max cases from Amico, 30*500mls wildberry yoghurt, Chama rice and eggs from Zambeef, potatoes, 5*5l Fruitree juice, lactogen infant formula powder from Shoprite among others.
The Local Authority wishes to caution the business community dealing in various products including food stuffs to ensure that they are complying with the law by stocking unexpired products. The council further warns that those who will be found wanting risk being prosecuted because selling of expired food stuffs and products is in violation of the law.
The local authority also urges the general public to regularly check on the expiry date of food items before purchasing from any outlet and that the same is consumed within the shelf life in line with the provisions of the Food and Drug Act CAP 303 of the laws of Zambia.