Use cor­rect scales, bak­eries, butcheries warned

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By SAN­DRA MACHIMA BAK­ERY and butch­ery own­ers have been asked to use only ap­proved and ver­i­fied scales for ac­cu­racy, says Zam­bia Weights and Mea­sures Agency pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer Mu­tale Chileshe.

Mr Chileshe said they have con­tin­ued to re­ceive com­plaints con­cern­ing the weight of bread and meat be­ing sold, not­ing that a num­ber of bak­eries and butcheries were us­ing wrong mod­els and non-ver­i­fied scales in their busi­nesses.

“The ZWMA is con­cerned about the dis­re­gard of quan­tity con­trol mea­sures in bak­eries and butcheries, ow­ing to the fact that some bak­eries and butcheries are us­ing wrong mod­els and non-ver­i­fied scales in their busi­ness.

“This is one of the ma­jor causes of the un­der­weight prod­ucts be­ing sold, and it is an of­fence to sell or cause to be sold any­thing by weight or mea­sure short of the quan­tity de­manded by the pur­chaser or rep­re­sented by the sell­ers,” he said.

Mr Chileshe said a weigh­ing and mea­sur­ing in­stru­ment must mea­sure ac­cu­rately at all times, adding any­thing that was used to weigh and mea­sure when pric­ing a prod­uct was re­quired by law to be ver­i­fied for ac­cu­racy by the ZWMA to en­sure there was fair trade.

And Mr Chileshe said they seized nine non-ap­proved mod­els of scales from some butcheries at Kalukungu and Macha Road Mar­ket in Choma.

The in­spec­tion find­ings re­vealed that out of the twelve out­lets in­spected, five out­lets had ap­proved in­stru­ments and seven out­lets had non­type ap­proved scales, and the own­ers were ad­vised to buy type ap­proved scales and have them ver­i­fied by the ZWMA.

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