Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) food analysts Tuesday returned into the country from Mozambique where they went to assess changes manufacturers of a fizzy drink, Frozy, have made before re-admitting the product on the local market.
MBS Director General, Davlin Chokaziga, said the trip followed a visit by a delegation from the Mozambican company, Yaafico Industrial, which makes the drink.
Chokazinga said the delegation came last week to report on the changes they have made to the drink to suit the required Malawian quality standards.
“The drink originally had too much Benzoate and Citric Acid which was contrary to the country’s recommended standards. Too much Benzoate and Citric Acids is dangerous to humans because it can cause ulcers,” he said.
But Chokazinga said MBS wants to do its own assessment to determine whether the changes were genuine or not.
“We could not just accept the claims before conducting our own independent tests on the drink. Our experts have also collected samples of the drink which they are going to test against our required national standards,” he said.
Chokazinga, however, could not say when the bureau’s independent tests will be concluded.
“Laboratory work is a long process and I cannot exactly say when we will be done. Again, the results will have to be confirmed by an independent analyst before we make a final decision,” he said.