LUSAKA, (Xinhua) --
Authorities in Zambia have quarantined over
11,000 containers of Lyons peanut butter from various shops in
Lusaka, the country’s capital, after test results revealed high
presence of aflatoxins, its standards agency said on Tuesday.
The Zambia Bureau of
Standards (ZABS) said it quarantined the peanut butter because
laboratory tests received indicated the commodity failed one
critical parameter known as aflatoxins.
“We are concerned
about this development because we know that products that do not
conform to set standards can be a danger to the health and
safety of consumers, who have the right to be protected from
defective and dangerous levels,” Hazel Zulu, head of marketing
and public relations at the standards agency said in a
She said inspectors
conducted routine market surveillances and inspections last
month to ascertain the safety of peanut butter in the country
after concerns that the product on the market had high levels of
According to the
standard agency, aflatoxins levels found in peanut butter in
Zambia is at 15ppb (parts per billion) against the
internationally acceptable standard of 10ppb.
The standards agency
has since cautioned consumers to desist from consuming the
peanut butter on the market until the agency was satisfied that
manufacturers have complied with the required standards.
China plays exemplary role in
helping Africa: Zambian expert
LUSAKA, (Xinhua) --
A Zambian economics expert has hailed China’s
exemplary role in supporting Africa through heavy infrastructure
investment and trade promotion.
Dr. Mbita Chitala,
lecturer of finance and international trade at Zambia Open
University, told Xinhua that China has developed a good model of
supporting African countries through infrastructure development,
adding that this has gone a long way in helping the continent
deal with some of the development constraints.
“And if this model
of China support can be emulated by the other 19 members of the
G20, we would go a long way in resolving world global problems,
particularly those involving trade,” Chitala said.
“We would be very
happy that ... we increase move trade with the G20 members to
enable us to accumulate investable surpluses which will expand
our productive systems and resolve the issues of poverty and
underdevelopment and China is playing this on a major scale,” he
Chitala, who also
served as a deputy minister of finance in governments of late
presidents Fredrick Chiluba and Levy Mwanawasa, added that
China’s influence in the global economy could not be
He said China was a
role model to African countries on how it had moved from a poor
country to the world’s second largest economy.
G20 members, he
said, have a critical role to play in the global economy because
of the magnitude of their influence, adding that China has stood
out by embarking on a path to invest heavily in Africa’s
Africa, he added,
requires assistance to move its economic agenda forward by
ensuring smooth trade with G20 members without any non-tariff
barriers in order to tackle the problem of poverty and
Zambia to spend 20 mln USD to
procure energy saving bulbs
LUSAKA, (Xinhua) --
The Zambian government said on Tuesday that it
intends to spend about 20 million U.S. dollars on the
procurement of energy saving bulbs as one way to reduce the
country’s electricity deficit.
Zambia has continued
facing a power deficit which has seen the country’s power
utility rationing power for four hours on a rotational basis.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Water
Development, said the bulbs to be distributed to customers will
save the country about 200 megawatts at a cost of 400 million
In remarks delivered
at the start of a stakeholders’ meeting on energy efficiency
indicators in Lusaka, the country’s capital, the official said
the government has since provided a number of incentives such as
tax exemptions on energy saving bulbs and renewable energy
technologies to encourage consumers on efficiency use of the
available electricity and to venture into alternative sources of
The power utility,
she said, has been distributing energy saving bulbs for free
countrywide and that over 1.6 million bulbs have been
distributed so far.
Zambia has been
experiencing a power deficit since June last year due to low
water levels in its reservoirs, a situation that resulted into a
severe deficit of about 1,000 megawatts in December and eight
hours of power rationing.
The government is
currently implementing an efficiency quick actions and
electricity indicators project being supported by the European
Union (EU) under its Technical Assistance Facility, she added.