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Malawi Bureau of Standards warns against spirits

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The Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) has warned the public not to buy or consume Black Punch Cane Spirits, saying the spirits are hazardous for human consumption as they have not been tested by the bureau.

The bureau has since intercepted a truckload of 2,160 bottles of the spirits at Nathenje Roadblock in Lilongwe.

Health experts recommend that drinks having ethanol should be packed in glass bottles.

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However, some producers of liquor, pack them in plastic bottles, a development which does not go down well with MBS.

MBS Director General Davlin Chokazinga said the bureau will continue intercepting products of defaulters.

According to Chokazinga, producers of Black Punch Cane Spirits, Global Kings Beverages Limited, did not have their product tested at MBS and also were packaging the liquor in plastic bottles which the bureau forbids.

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“There are some companies that are producing bad products without certification of MBS and putting these products on the market which is also against the ruling of the High Court. This product is very dangerous and not certified by us. Consumers are consuming at their own risk,” he said.

The total value of the seized liquor is above K17 million.

Aside the liquor, the bureau also seized long Kamba puffs, saying it is not certified.

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