Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency (ZCSA), has urged traders to avoid selling products that may negatively affect the health and safety of consumers.
ZCSA Head Communication, Brian Hatyoka observed with concern that some products being illegally sold on the market such as second-hand undergarments may pose risk to the health and safety of the public.
Mr Hatyoka said a case in point is the continued illegal sale of used textile products containing undergarments contrary to the provisions of the Zambian Standard ZS 559: Inspection and Acceptance Criteria for Used Textile locally known as ‘Salaula.’
He warned 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 nightwear like pyjamas, night gowns, ladies and gents’ briefs, brassieres, camisoles and vests,’’ he said.
Mr Hatyoka further encouraged the consumers to consider buying safer alternatives that are available on the market.
‘’As a regulator of compulsory standards, ZCSA will continue ensuring that products subject to compulsory standards do not pose a threat to the health and safety of consumers,’’ he said.
Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency is a statutory body under the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry established by the Compulsory Standards Act No.3 of 2017 of the Laws Zambia, with the mandate to ensure compliance with compulsory standards.
This is contained in a statement availed to ZANIS in Lusaka today.