LUSAKA Zambia (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.