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Traders warned against selling unsafe products

By KALOBWE BWALYA 

The Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency (ZCSA), has cautioned traders against selling unsafe products that may negatively affect the health and safety of consumers. 

ZCSA Head of communication Brian Hatyoka has observed that some products being illegally sold on the market may pose a risk to the health and safety of the public. 

Mr Hatyoka cited the continued illegal sale of used textile products containing undergarments contrary to the provisions of the Zambian standard inspection and acceptance criteria for used textile called Salaula.

“The Agency, established by the Compulsory Standards Act No. 3 of 2017 is warning of stern action against illegal importation and sale of used textile products containing undergarments. 

ZS 559 prohibits the importation and sale of used textile products containing undergarments and night wear like pyjamas, night gowns, ladies and gents’ briefs, brassieres camisoles, vests,” said Mr Hatyoka.

He said this standard was declared compulsory by SI no. 120 of 2006 to protect the safety of consumers because used textile products that are worn in very close contact with the skin may cause ailments such as skin rash. 

Mr Hatyoka advised consumers to consider buying safer alternatives that are available on the market. 

He said as a regulator of compulsory standards, ZCSA will continue ensuring that products subject to compulsory for standards do not pose a threat to the health and safety of consumers.   

 ZCSA exhibited at this year’s Police Day Celebrations at Heroes Stadium under the theme “Police Service and Community in Partnership to Fight Crime” where the Agency sensitised the public on its mandate. 

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