Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Zambia's Consumer protection body warns enterprises and individuals to desist from supplying expired products such as drug

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has advised individuals and enterprises to desist from supplying expired products as they will not only be punished in accordance with the law, but that they are also putting the lives of consumers at risk.

THE COMMISSION has said this in light with the seizure of expired medical drugs at Simon mwansa Kapwepwe international airport in Ndola by the pharmaceutical regulatory authority (PRA).

Commission executive director chilufya Sampa SAYS the Commission hopes that the supplier of the donated medical drugs would be traced and brought before the law.

In expressing happiness for the seizure the expired drugs by the pharmaceutical regulatory authority Mr Sampa has urged the regulatory authority to conclusively investigate the matter, as this violated both the consumer rights and the law.

Mr Sampa has explained that the sale of expired products is a prohibition of section 52 clause 1 of the CCPC Act of 2010 which states that “A person or an enterprise shall not sell any goods to Consumers unless the goods conform to the mandatory safety standard for the class of goods set by the Zambia Bureau of Standards or other relevant competent body.”

He says it is unfortunate that some people are perpetrating vices which pose a health hazard to human beings, and this calls for concerted efforts from all stakeholders if this scourge is to be curbed and perpetrators brought to book.

Mr Sampa has further urged members of the general public and other regulatory authorities to continue being vigilant and double their efforts in curtailing the further supply of such medical drugs.

He has also commended the Pharmaceutical Regulation Authority for their vigilance, and implored every Zambian to be vigilant and alert the relevant authorities in case of any suspicious product.

Mr says the commission is confident that the battle against such vices can be won if everybody took part.

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