ZAMBIA – The Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency (ZCSA) and Chongwe Municipal Council are poised to dispose of 36 50-kilogram bags of expired urea fertilizer valued at K32,400 (U.S$ 1,357).

The decision follows a court order issued on December 15, 2023, by Chongwe Magistrate’s Court, signalling a collaborative effort to uphold safety standards and environmental regulations.

In a joint statement, ZCSA Head of Communications Brian Hatyoka and Council Public Relations Officer Peter Sukwa outlined the rationale behind the disposal initiative.

The urea fertilizer, seized from Fumigate Zambia Limited was found to be non-compliant with regulatory standards, prompting its confiscation and subsequent disposal. The move is in line with the Compulsory Standards Act No. 3 of 2017 and the Zambian Standard ZS 605: Fertilizers- Urea Specification.

To ensure compliance with environmental regulations and mitigate any adverse impact, the disposal process will be conducted in collaboration with the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA).

This approach aligns with the Environmental Management Act and underscores the commitment to safeguarding public health and the environment.

Mr. Hatyoka and Mr. Sukwa issued a stern warning to companies found contravening applicable laws, emphasizing the potential risks posed by non-compliant products to public safety, health, and the environment.

The authorities remain vigilant in conducting joint enforcement activities to uphold safety standards and mitigate potential hazards.

Amidst ongoing enforcement efforts, consumers are urged to exercise caution and purchase products only from reputable sources. Any suspicious products should be reported to the nearest agency office to facilitate prompt action and ensure consumer safety.

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