ZABS keen to support Zambia’s manufacturing sector

THE Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) has inspected over 301 local products in the second quarter of 2016 to promote the use of standards among the manufacturing sector in Zambia while supporting the ‘‘Buy Zambian’’ campaign.

Bureau head of marketing and public relations Hazel Zulu said in the first quarter of 2016 ZABS conducted 306 inspections, bringing the total number of inspections in the first half of this year to 607.

“In a bid to promote the quality of products produced locally and to safeguard public health and safety, ZABS has inspected 301 local products in the second quarter of 2016.

“The inspections were also conducted to promote the use of standards amongst the manufacturing sector in Zambia and to support the ‘Buy Zambian’ campaign,” she said.

Ms Zulu explained that 103 inspections were conducted in Lusaka Province, 62 on the Copperbelt and 37 in Western Province.

She said the products inspected included food items, cement and cement products, beverages, animal feeds and electric cables including chemicals and engineering products.

Ms Zulu said 52 percent of the inspections conducted were surveillance inspections to ensure continued compliance of products while others were compliance monitoring, follow-ups, spot checks and those investigative in nature.

“We want to encourage the manufacturing sector in Zambia to have their products periodically inspected and checked to enable them produce consistent products that meet required standards.

“We are of the view that if our local products are periodically checked for compliance, they will attract customer loyalty which will in turn translate into economic growth,” she said.

Ms Zulus assured the public that the institution would continuously inspect local products that fell under its mandate to protect the consumer from buying defective and dangerous products and to help support the ‘‘Buy Zambian’’ campaign.