Sobo drinks substandard: MBS orders Castel Malawi to withdraw all Orange Squash

Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) has ordered Castel Group to withdraw all Sobo Orange Squash from the market by March 29 2019 because it is supplying substandard drinks.

Sobo drink has been recalled from the market for reportedly being ‘unsafe’ 

Some people, who have consumed the Sobo drink, said they had some stomach upsets.

In some cases the batch had started to show signs of fermentation – a process that converts sugar to acids, gases, or alcohol.

In a  statement seen by Nyasa Times  on Wednesday , MBS deputy director general Willy Muyira  said failure to oblige to the order would result in withdrawal of the manufacturer’s certification marks, consequently suspending production of the product.

This follows revelations done in the first quarter of 201 that the product under batch numbers B06, B0702,B1102, B1302, B1602, B1802, B2102, B2502, B2602, B2702, B3602, B207, B208 and B226, Castel  did  not comply with other parameters such as physical, chemical and microbiological with MS 177-Specification.

MBS said laboratory test were done on the product  following queries from the public that some of the new product formulation were showing some suspension  of sediments.

A privately-owned French beverage company, Castel Group, the new shareholders of the Sobo brand Has been warned by the bureau that failing to comply with order to recall the drinks will also lead to the withdrawal of the permit that was issued on Sobo Orange Squash in line with MBS Act Number 14 of 2012.

Castel Group bought 59.48 percent stake from Carlsberg Malawi  while Press Corporation Limited remained a minority shareholder with 39.65 percent.

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John Maweche
John Maweche
3 years ago

Even CARLSBERG GREEN, its not appealing like before. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

concerned citizen
concerned citizen
3 years ago

Since this company came on the scene it has been producing products that are questionable. It has been cautioned and finned but, they continue to produce substandard products. Are they taking Malawians for fools? How many warnings do they want to be given? This is a sign of failure. If are not compliant , they should be shown the door and let other capable companies come in.

Ochimwene
Ochimwene
3 years ago

My poor Malawi why??

che nnungu
3 years ago

Cry my beloved Carlsberg

Isidro
Isidro
3 years ago

Whats going on with management team.! Where are quality control checks?? Castel be careful lawyers would take absolute pleasure in dealing with a case if one person has to get sick from ur products Castel

Ambele Kwacheni Banda
Ambele Kwacheni Banda
3 years ago

I mean adutsa pa messing pano afika panyusensi, ipite Castel

Ambele Kwacheni Banda
Ambele Kwacheni Banda
3 years ago

This Castel is not messing things not long ago beer lovers complained of Carslberg taste, pano ndi Sobo
sikoyambanso aka. MBS close this Castel.

Baba
Baba
3 years ago

SOBO otendera mpakana?

MCHACHA
MCHACHA
3 years ago

Castel and RVG must go now now!!

National CEO
National CEO
3 years ago

Did Carlsberg Malawi leave a formula of the squash when they were leaving? It clearly shows that Carlsberg left with the recipe.

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