Malawi Prison services have quarantined the expired margarine which Unilever Malawi donated to inmates as Christmas gifts, saying this could be a health hazard.
Unilever country manager Chikondi Ng’ombe confirmed the incident, saying the company had followed up with prison officials and that the expired product “has been quarantined”.
Ng’ombe said the expired margarine will be used “for soap making” at the prison’s soap factory in Makande.
“We will continue to work with prison authorities who have assured us that no one has been put at risk, to ensure the margarine is used for the purpose it was donated,” said Ng’ombe.
Ng’ombe said the margarine was not meant for consumption but solely for soap making.
She stated that Unliver’s commitment “remains firmly rooted” in protecting their consumers and “providing quality products.”
Ng’ombe said her company’s representative met officials of Consumer Association of Malawi to address concerns of the expired margarine which was donated to prison.
She said any anxiety the expired margarine donation may have caused “is sincerely regretted.”
Recently there was an article on BBC titled: “Is it fair to punish prisoners with horrible food?”
David Fathi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project believes people should never be deprived of food as a punishment because food is a basic human necessity.
“Some things are clear – prisoners have to be given a diet that is nutritionally adequate – but it can’t be so disgusting that no reasonable person would eat it, lose weight and have health problems,” said Fathi.
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