The Zambia Weights and Measures Agency (ZWMA) said the firms were fined following an inspection it conducted in some towns to ascertain compliance to net content with regards to packaging of mealie meal.
The inspections were carried out between May and July 2016 and involved the inspection of 10 milling firms.
“Out of the 10 milling companies inspected, seven milling companies were found guilty of the offense of packaging and offering for sale underweight mealie meal, contrary to the provisions of the Weights and Measures and Weights Act number 12, of 2003. Three of the companies inspected were found to be compliant with the law,” Diana Ngula, the weights and measures agency’s public relations officer said.
The agency, she said, inspected a total number of 17,850 bags of maize meal of which 17,450 bags were non-compliant as they all failed the average batch test.
“An immediate corrective measure that the agency took was to quarantine the sale of the underweight bags of mealie meal.
The companies were also ordered to re-pack all the underweight bags of mealie-meal to meet the quantity as declared on the packaging, “she said.
The agency, she added, will not relent in its role in protecting consumers and its role in regulating measurements in order to foster fair trade practices in the country. Enditem
Source: Xinhua/News Ghana