A TEAM of inspectors from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) and Lusaka City Council (LCC) has seized assorted goods worth over K3,000 in a two-day operation conducted in Lusaka last week.
Items seized during the operation include hygienic cotton, expired food and non-foodstuff, drugs and cosmetics for not meeting the minimum required standard.
CCPC public relations officer Hanford Chaaba said the items were not fit to be sold to consumers, and contravened consumer protection provisions as outlined in the Food and Drugs Act.
“The main objective of the exercise was to inspect trading premises in Lusaka central business district with a view to ascertaining the traders’ compliance levels with the Competition and Consumer Protection Act Number 24 of 2010 specifically with regard to product labelling, display of disclaimers, price display and product safety,” Mr Chaaba said in a statement availed to the Daily Mail.
He said most of the cases recorded during operation bordered on products being labelled in foreign language as well as sale of expired products, a situation which is not only unfortunate, but also contravenes the law.
The operation covered trading places in Mtendere, Kalingalinga, Chelstone,Chilenje and Chawama.
Other areas were PHI, Kabulonga, Northmead, Matero, Lilanda, Avondale, Garden and Emmasdale.
Mr Chaaba has since urged consumers to always check for labels and expiry dates on foodstuff and non-food items such as cosmetics.