ZMA’s partial suspension lift on 9 bottled water suppliers
Nine (9) companies have had their licenses for packaging and supplying of larger bottled water lifted following a two-month suspension that was imposed by inspection regulator - Zambia Metrology Agency. Earlier, this month the Zambia Metrology Agency responded by banning the the manufacturing, packaging, supply and retail of 18.9l, 20l, and 21.8l of bottled potable water after some Chinese nationals were found duplicating the packaging and supply of bottled mineral water. Agency Public Relations Officer - Mutale Chileshe told Zambia Business Times that the companies were inspected against the required and established standards to manufacture bottled mineral water. Mr. Chileshe, named companies that have been granted permission to resume production and trading in the above stated denominations. These include Natural Valley Manzi Valley, Vital Beverages, Caribbean Beverages Limited, Aquavita, Netur Plex Investments, Well Splash Ice, Aquarite, Jucee Drinks Limited, Quench, OK Investments Zambia Limited, Ice Dew, Gulriz Limited, Aqua-Plus, Wasim Wholesalers limited and Zam Natural. Mr. Chileshe confirmed that there are strict guidelines which inspected companies must meet before being authorized to resume manufacturing larger mineral bottled water and these include; 1. Compliance to labelling and packaging requirements in accordance with the laid-down stipulations; 2. Compliance for any weighing instrument used in production to be of an approved type and have a valid verification certificate; 3. Compliance of the plant to the requirements of the Food and Drugs Act; 4. Compliance of the plant to the mandatory standard ZS-388, the Zambian Standard for Packaged Drinking Water, which is administered by the Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency; 5. Compliance to the initial 48-hour ultimatum issued by the ZMA on 19th April 2018. Other companies and their associated brands remain suspended until further notice. The Association of Manufacturers in Zambia through its Chief Executive Officer, Chipego Zulu, had condemned the wholesome suspension of larger mineral bottled water.