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The Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency, ZCSA, has seized and quarantined electrical products in Lusaka, valued at more than K290, 000, for not complying with relevant compulsory standards.

The seized items include electric cables, adaptors and household electrical appliances such as kettles, plate cookers and toasters among other,  from Kamwala Trading, Oasis, Westgate and Levy Mall trading areas.

Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency Acting Manager Communications and Public Relations, Brian Hatyoka, says of the seized products, those valued at K42,090 were withdrawn from the market and will be disposed off soon.

“The potential risks posed include personal injury, electric shock, fire and damage to property among others,” said Mr. Hatyoka in a statement issued in Lusaka today.

And Mr. Hatyoka also said items valued at K248, 499 were quarantined pending the implementation of corrective measures on affected products as provided for under the Compulsory Standards Act.

“56 plugs, sockets and adaptors did not comply with the required color coding while 121 electric cables were not registered with the Agency, with 1, 442 plugs, sockets and adaptors being non-compliant with the Zambian Standard 558: Plugs and Socket Outlets, Adaptors and Connection Units,” said Mr. Hatyoka.

Mr. Hatyoka warned of stern action against traders who are illegally supplying non-compliant products on the Zambian market.

By Eva Hatontola

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