ZABS tightens screw on errant businesses

THE Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) has between July and September this year conducted 357 inspections on local products to evaluate levels of compliance to set standards on regulated products.

ZABS head of marketing and public relations Hazel Zulu said this is also in a bid to ensure that only safe products are sold to the Zambian public.

Ms Zulu said some of the products that were inspected include beverages, assorted food items, cement, chemicals and chemical products. Others were animal feed and electric cables.

“The type of inspections conducted on these products include compliance monitoring, spot checks, surveillances and investigative. Others were technical support inspections and follow-up inspections.

“Most of the inspections were carried out in Lusaka, Southern and Copperbelt provinces. Sixty-four products were inspected in July, 132 in August and 161 in September,” she said.

She said the levels of compliance on most locally produced products was improving due to the increase in the number of inspections and awareness programmes conducted by the bureau.

“ZABS would like to assure the public that the institution will continuously inspect locally manufactured products that fall under its mandate to ensure the products are reliable, safe and of the right quality,” she said.

Ms Zulu also urged manufacturers to partner with the institution so that they are guided on how best they can use standards to enhance their product quality.