Seba Foods Malawi Limite has put contaminated and rotten Golden Goodness Tasty Soya Pieces on the market.
According to the Competition and Fair Trading Commission (CFTC), two contaminated batches – 061818A and 061218A – packaged in 90 grammes packets, were produced by the company at their Limbe Plant and sold.
“Seba Foods Ltd has confirmed that the product was defective, impure and unfit for human consumption. The impurity, according to the company, was identified as ‘fungus due to high moisture level in the pack’,” CFTC said in a statement signed by Executive Director Charlotte Wezi Malonda.
However, the manufacturer has not taken steps to voluntarily recall the bad Soya pieces and alert consumers about the harmful effects of the defective product.
The failure to communicate with the public about the existence of a defective product on the market is a serious risk to consumers and an infringement of the Competition and Fair Trading Act (CFTA) and Consumer Protection Act (CPA).
According to Malonda, Section 40(3) of the CPA makes it mandatory for manufacturers who, after the introduction of goods into the market becomes aware of the existence of unforeseen health hazards or risks, to communicate as soon as possible with the relevant authority and inform consumers of the existence of such hazards or risks.
Meanwhile, the Commission has told the general public to return any unconsumed packs of Golden Goodness Tasty Soya Pieces bearing the affected batch numbers to the manufacturer.
The Commission has since started will proceed to conclude the investigation in line with the law.