Council closes Pizza Hut outlets in Lusaka for using expired ingredients

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The Lusaka City Council (LCC) has with immediate effect closed all the three Pizza Hut outlets in Lusaka for allegedly using expired ingredients in food production.

The three Pizza Hut outlets closed are located at Kabulonga Shopping Complex, Cosmopolitan Mall and East Park Mall. The Council has also seized all the expired food stuffs and ingredients.

LCC spokesperson George Sichimba confirmed this in a statement today, saying the closure follows the inspection conducted by a team of Public Health Inspectors from LCC on July 19, 2018.

Sichimba states that the inspection revealed that Pizza Hut was in possession of expired food products on their premises and that there was evidence of use of expired food stuffs and ingredients in food production.

He says Pizza Hut employees tried to conceal evidence and attempted to block LCC officials from carrying out the inspection.

“Pizza Hut officials also gave false and misleading information to authorised officers and also attempted to obstruct them from inspecting the distribution point,” Sichimba stated.

“In one of the outlets, workers went to an extent of concealing expired food items and ingredients in the ceiling of the shop.”

Sichimba says the local authority has since given Pizza Hut a 24-hour ultimatum in which to show cause why they should not be prosecuted.

“The above mentioned findings contravene the provisions of Food and Drugs Act Cap 303, Section 4,6 and Section 24(3)(4) of the Laws of Zambia.

“Pizza Hut has been given 24 hours in which to show cause why legal action should not be taken against them for put the lives of consumers at risk.”

And the Council has seized all the expired food stuffs and ingredients which included Hot Jalapeno slices, Mild piquante peppers diced, Indulgent choc sauce and Regular chip scoops.

Others were Vegi wash, Halaal peri peri sauce, Halaal sweet chili sauce, Halaal dough and Halaal Macon sliced.

“The local authority wishes to warn unscrupulous business houses to think twice about their actions as their days are numbered as the Council now has a reasonable number of Public Health Inspectors to do the job,” Sichimba warned.

“The council has also advised consumers to develop a habit of checking for expired dates before buying food items.

“Any food items that are expired or suspected to be in questionable state must be immediately reported to Council for further investigations.”

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