Stop selling milk in plastic bottles, informal outlets - ZFDA

28Feb 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Zanzibar
The Guardian
Stop selling milk in plastic bottles, informal outlets - ZFDA

​​​​​​​ZANZIBAR Food and Drugs Agency (ZFDA) has embarked on the inspection of sellers of milk who do not abide by laid down rules and procedures regulations including unsanctioned outlets in order to protect peoples’ health. 

ZFDA Director of Food Safety Control Dr Khamis Ali Omar.

ZFDA Director of Food Safety Control Dr Khamis Ali Omar said the inspection is being conducted after educating milk sellers to abandon the use of bottles and other containers made of plastic as well as operating from informal outlets.

He said after emptying the contents the plastic containers cannot be fully cleaned out as milk droplets remain therein which later decompose and added that their reuse may spread communicable diseases including Tuberculosis (TB).

Dr Khamis said the exercise is sustainable and appealed to milk sellers to follow the rules issued by ZFDA to avoid unnecessary costs.

He advised them to have approved places to sell the product using ceramic containers and aluminum vats for transportation. 

A milk seller at Amani area, Haroun Abdallah agreed ZFDA had educated them on the dangers using plastic containers but the time given to switch to ceramic and aluminum containers was short.

He said the price for an aluminum vat to transport milk is more than 200,000/- which many of them could not afford within the short time given.

Another milk seller Ali Muhamed said the problem in Zanzibar is the lack of factories that manufacture ceramic bottles needed for selling milk.

During the inspection exercise ZFDA officials destroyed scores of litres of milk sold in unsanctioned outlets using plastic containers.