ZMA’s par­tial sus­pen­sion lift on 9 bot­tled wa­ter sup­pli­ers

Zambian Business Times - - BUSINESS REVIEW -

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.

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