ZAMBEEF STANDS BY THE QUALITY OF ITS MEAT
Agribusiness works with authorities to investigate safety allegations
Zambeef Products Plc has reiterated its commitment to providing safe, high quality affordable meat to the people of Zambia.
And the company has stood by its insistence that its imported offal products do not contain any prohibited substances whatsoever. Imported products are transported to Zambia from the country of origin via a strict frozen cold chain kept at minus 18 degrees celsius, and with full official documentation.
“Zambeef prides itself in maintaining world-class standards of food hygiene and safety and it is a responsibility that everyone in the company takes very seriously,” said Zambeef Chief Executive Officer Francis Grogan. “The company continues to work closely with the authorities to demonstrate conclusively that its imported products are safe.”
“We are deeply concerned for the distress this scaremongering has caused to our customers and I wish to reassure people that Zambeef continues to supply them with the safest, highest quality food,” he added.
Mr Grogan praised the professionalism of Zambeef’s 5,500 employees and emphasised the company’s contribution to the economy of the nation in terms of the considerable tax revenue paid annually to the government; its pivotal role in providing a link between small-scale farmers and consumers; and in being a linchpin for national food security.
He also commended the efforts of officials for their thorough investigation into the allegations and reiterated that the company was working closely with the Ministry of Health to demonstrate that all imported products are free from any harmful substances.
He also emphasised that the allegations were related solely to a small quantity of imported offal – liver and kidney – and that Zambeef’s local beef products were not affected by the claims.
The company also restated that all the imported items have been withdrawn until conclusive tests are completed.
About Zambeef Products Plc
Zambeef Products Plc is the largest integrated agribusinesses in Zambia.
The group is principally involved in the production, processing, distribution and retailing of beef, chicken, pork, milk, dairy products, eggs, edible oils, stock feed, flour and bread. The group also has large row cropping operations (principally maize, soya beans and wheat), with approximately 8,350 hectares of row crops under irrigation and 8,650 hectares of rain-fed/dry-land crops available for planting each year. The group is also in the process of rolling out its West Africa expansion in Nigeria and Ghana, as well as developing a palm project in Zambia.
More information is available at www.zambeefplc.com