Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) has banned importation and sales of Mozambican sensational fizzy drink Frozy, saying it does not conform to relevant standards.
MBS has also advised Malawians to instantly stop buying and consuming Frozy until the shortfalls are redressed.
In a statement, the bureau said its conformance assessments found the beverage wanting according to Standard MS 18 for carbonated soft drinks and as well as MS 19 for labeling prepackaged foods.
Among other things, the banned drink is said to have “high levels of citric acid and sodium benzoates.
MSB director Davlin Chokazinga writes: “The products have some information provided in Portuguese language contrary to MS 19 labeling requirements.
“Following failure of Frozy soft drinks to conform with the applicable specifications and in accordance with the Imports Regulations of the MBS Act (Cap 51:02), the MBS is hereby advising importers, distributors, sellers and the general public that this product is substandard and that its importation distribution, sell and use is prohibited until further notice,” reads part of the statement signed by.
Meanwhile, MSB urges importers, distributors and sellers to “openly” declare to the bureau quantities of Frozy drinks currently in their custody and agree on appropriate handling and disposal procedures.
The bureau will conduct sweeping exercises and market surveillance activities to rid trading centres of the imported drink, he says.
Frozy has recently infiltrated the Malawi market, with some buyers serving it during weddings and engagements as well as in kindergarten institutions.
Recently, Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) threatened to impose heavy fines on traders smuggling Frozy into the country instead of making use of the existing trade protocols between the two countries.