We will never knowingly sell harmful products – Zambeef

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Zambeef says it has taken steps  to address market concerns over imported beef products.
Zambeef Chief Executive Officer Francis Grogan  said in a statement on Saturday July 20,2013 that the company is commitment to providing high-quality and safe food to its customers.
He said the board of directors at Zambeef takes food safety issues extremely seriously stating that it will   never knowingly sale any products which could be hazardous to the health of its customers.
Grogan said the move follows the recent report of tests commissioned by Health Minister Joseph Kasonde, stating that the results indicated the presence of formaldehyde in samples of Zambeef’s imported beef products.
He disclosed that  the company will be undertaking a comprehensive review of internal food transport, handling and storage procedures including conducting extensive investigations from the importing countries.
He stated that the company will continue to co-operate with government and relevant authorities to identify the level and potential source of any contamination.
Grogan reiterated that the company has made clear to consumers through the local media sources, that Zambeef only imports meat products from internationally recognized meat companies.
“Zambeef only imported meat products from internationally recognized meat companies in countries with globally recognized, traceability protocols in place, normally the United kingdom, Republic of Ireland or the United States of America,” Grogan said.
Grogan further assured the nation that Zambeef imported beef products are accompanied by certification from all the required regulatory authorities from the countries of origin as applicable. He disclosed that the embargo on imported beef products remains in place until further notice.
 He further acknowledged that the negative publicity created by this matter could impact other product lines and, in doing so, Zambeef’s profitability for the current financial year.
 Grogan added that the sale of imported beef products accounted for approximately 4 percent of the company’s annual turnover in 2012.
He however said the effects are difficult to quantify in the short term but that the board will provide a further update in its pre-close statement in late September.
Government on Thursday announced that results obtained from South Africa indicated the presence of aromatic aldehyde (Formaldehyde) in Zambeef’s imported  products.