Malawi Bureau of Standards warns unrefined cooking oil dealers

The Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) Chief Executive Officer Davlin Chokazinga has issued a stern warning to people who are involved in smuggling and selling of unrefined and uncertified cooking oil in local markets across the country.

Chokazinga warns against uncertitifed cooking oil

Chokazinga warns against uncertitifed cooking oil

Unrefined cooking oil

Unrefined cooking oil

On Wednesday and Thursday last week, MBS confiscated many litres of unrefined and uncertified cooking oil from traders who do ply their trade in some trading centres of the border district of Mulanje.

Most of the confiscated cooking oil, which forms a larger part of the oil that is found in many local markets in the country, is believed to be coming into the country from neighbouring countries, including Mocambique and Zambia.

Speaking before the disposing off of the confiscated cooking oil, Chokazinga said if the businesspersons continue with the smuggling and selling of such kind of cooking oil, the bureau will have no other option but to commit them to court in accordance with the MBS Act.

“We know that through this exercise, importers and smugglers are losing financially as they have spent money to buy this [confiscated oil]. But once we come again, the strategy would be to commit them to court.

“We will start prosecuting them so that chapter 51: 02 of the MBS Act should take its course. It is a new Act, revised in 2012 and it has a lot of stiffer penalties. So, if we take such people to court, they will be able to face the law and surely it will set a lesson to others,” Chokazinga said.

He said through the exercise, the MBS will comprehensively engage its inspectors to go to different markets in all districts in the country and confiscate all the uncertified cooking oil.

Chokazinga said cooking oil of such nature is dangerous to human health and they create health pressure not only on the people using them but the country’s health system.

“That is why we insist that people, whatever the case, need to buy oil that is approved by MBS as oil that is well refined and certified as suitable for human consumption,” he said.

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23 thoughts on “Malawi Bureau of Standards warns unrefined cooking oil dealers”

  1. bratusha says:

    There are issues of economy here verses health implications. 5litrs of cooking oil from Mozambique is about K3,200.00 while the same quantity is by Lever Brothers is around K7,300.00 sometimes for nothing. Where do you think a poor Malawian will go? Most Malawian products are exorbitantly priced. MBS the cooking oil from Moz gets into Malawi through all the districts that border with Moz and you know what that means. Sometimes we even stop at Tsangano to buy this stuff. Komatu amawalemba vegetable oil. MBS you sound like effecting a ban on Be Forward yet majority can’t afford Toyota Malawi vehicles. The issue is complex and needs to be meticulously thought about.

  2. COMMENT says:

    hey you malawians,don’t just come up with stupid comments here,don’t you know that this quality oil in our shops is very expensive think of those are staying in rural areas,so if you are manage to buy expensive things,don’t say bad comments about that oil because its like you are teasing poor pple which is sin before God,just thank God for uplifting you and pray for those are buying cheap things but not what you are saying mulungu angakutsitseni,

    And you MBS, first you must reduce the price of quality oil in our shops so that everyone will manage to buy,don’t just stop those are helping our fellow malawians to eat at-least good meal because of that bad oil,you must think deep on that.

  3. MJ boy says:

    Muuze mbava zina za MRA,ndi zomwe zikulimbikitsa mtchitidwewu.ndinachita kuona ndi maso anga akulandira k3,000 pa katundu ozembetsedwa koma wambiri zedi.

  4. Bakha Nkhomano says:

    This institution is sleeping. Malawians have been consuming these imported oils since time immemorial. Why did it take you so long to warn the public? You did the same with Aqua Pure. You knew in December that some batches were unsafe for human consumption, yet you didnt warn or advise the public. Munadyapo zingati?

  5. time tells says:

    Mbs I thank you for trying to maintain standard on the cooking oil bur I have a concern which I think most people don’t know. The trucks bringing cooking oil from Mozambique are metal containers which over a time produce rust which mixes with cooking oil and is consumed by people, is that not a threat to people’s health? I thought consumable liquids like cooking oil was suppose to be hauled in plastic containers? I am only a lay man can someone pliz school me on this one

  6. ri says:

    we don’t have much of the ‘bad’ oil users suffering from the said bad oil problems. On the contrary, those who use the ‘good oil’ are the ones taking pills for high blood pressure, diabetes etc, and they hav cancer, are obese, have too much cholesterol, are asthmatic, etc. free advice: refined oil(in fact any refined food) is not fit for human consumption. life style diseases are a result of eating the refined foods. cold pressed oil is the best ie. olive oil(very xpensive though).

  7. KING SOLOMONS PALA says:

    THIS IS NON STARTER.SOME PPLE BUY DRUMS OF OIL FROM NOIL AT WHOLESALE AND REPARK IN SMALL PACKS AT MARKETS.PLS DO NOT PLAY WITH OTHER PPLES BUSINESSES.HOW DO U RECOGNISE /DIFERENCIATE GOOD OR BAD AT THE MARKET?.U END UP COMFISCATING GENUINE STUFF.PPLE HAV PUT IN A LOT OF MONEY.PLS THINK TWICE OR BE READY 4 BACKLUSH

  8. osman usu justin says:

    Nde mutipatsa mpamba wa business ina aMutharika chifukwa yanga ndiyomweyo!

  9. kesten says:

    Zingakhale bwino a MBS mutafika msanga pa msika wa Dedza pamenepo pali mafuta amenewa ambiri ndipo amachita kusaphika kaye kuti akhale in liquid form. Akalandidwe ogulitsa onse pa Dedza Market.

  10. MELINDA says:

    zi cholestrol zambiri.kanthawi kochepa uona chimunthu kufufuma zimasaya,ati thanzi napepe,zima BP zosatha,cancer and likes.

    tiyeni tizidya zinthu za thanzi amalawi.zinazi ndi maluwa amu msika,sizifunika kugula

  11. BAFANABAFANA says:

    Amalawi tizichangamuka abale.zimafuta zinazi mulibe vitamin a and c,zimakhala padzuwa koma ndimadabwa anthu ambiri kuthamangira zigumbu,ana akwanire kkkkkkkkkkkkkk mufa nazo zimenezi.koma umburi ndi matenda

  12. abwana ndi wadotolo mulungu akuchitileni zazikulu says:

    CommentKING LUBENGULA SAYS Inu astandards mukalankhula tele mukufuna ndalama atakupatsani sizidzika kothela kwake aMalawi mumavetsa chisoni chifukwa zabwinosimuzidziwa zoyipa simuzidziwa sorry for that!

  13. mwapwiya says:

    Comment ngakhale mwaganiza mochedwa koma ndi welcome idea koma nanga mafuta akudawa akuchokera kuti mmyasi zenizeni

  14. KING SOLOMONS PALACE says:

    IF I IMPORT COOKING OIL FROM MOZ/SA/ZED,AND PAY ALL TAXES WHY SHUD YOU HARASS ME OR MY RETAILERS?HAVE U RECEIVED SOMETHING FROM LOCAL MANUFACTURERS?

  15. sattoe felix says:

    Inuyo mukawalesa kugulisa mafutawa mukambe ndi boma kuti litsitse mtengo wakatundu because Malawian products are expensive than commodities from other countries.that is the reason why these traders are selling mafuta akumaiko ena amakhala amitengo yabwino than our own Malawian commodities.Do you think poor Malawian can be able to buy expensive cooking oil? am talking about munthu wakumudzi.Mukatero ndiye kuti mwapha ufulu wa anthu osauka pamene inu mukudya bwino.Why dont you consider before you act?.

  16. Tatyata says:

    MBS SHOULD ALSO CHECK WITH COMPANIES WHICH ARE CHEATING PPLE WITH TRIPLE REFINED OIL SYNDROME!!!!!!

  17. Isaac Banda says:

    The problem is poverty, how many Malawians can afford to buy expensive refined cooking oil? It is better to eat food with some oil and get sick later than with nothing.

  18. Patriot says:

    Nde mukatero, amalawiwo atha kugula refined oil wodulayo?
    Anthu a MBS mandasi mwakhala mukudya aja mwati amakazingidwa ndi Kukoma refined?
    Kodi anthu inu mukufuna amalawi azinkera na saukira saukira be?
    Za refinedizo amalawi sangagule, ndalama zichokera kuti?
    Kenaka timvanso MBS ikutiletsa kuphika mandasi, zibwemphwe, kanyenya wosiyana siyana amvekere siziri pa standade ya MBS.
    Chenjezo:
    MUSAWAPUTE AMALAWI. Tilekeni.

  19. Young K says:

    Vuto Ndiloti Mafuta Ophikira Aku Malawi Kudula Toomuch As If Imported .Please Authorities Do Something On This First(reduce Price) Confiscation Later

  20. Winfrey Kaundama says:

    Comment:Commendable work please keep it up.Also Look at weighing scales closely.Business People are using obsolute scales of fifteenth century.Plse These Should Be Replaced By More Sensitive Ones.

  21. Ezekiel Peter Ching'oma says:

    Zanu izo mmalo movotela MCP inu munapanga zanu, zotsatila zake ndi zimenezi

  22. Matthews Mpofu says:

    Good observation though has come very late when people have silently suffered. These oils have been on the market for quite long and as usual MBS is giving warning not action. It is time for our authorities to be very conscious to our healthy especially on what we consume! We are what we eat! These oils might also be the agents of the unpredictable related diseases such as cancers, hypertensions, diabetes, which are causing great loss of life. May be MBS is also accepting and designing some ways of controlling the population!

  23. chejali says:

    Kodi smuggle asaaaaa nanga angati poti kazinga wanthuyu akumakhala ngati kuti wachoka ku mwamba.

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