Lusaka City Council demands K45,000 from Pizza Hut in out of court settlement

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The Lusaka City Council (LCC) has charged Pizza Hut Zambia K45,000 as inconvenience fees for carrying out inspections, transporting and disposing off of expired products after the food outlet was found using expired ingredients.

LCC spokesperson George Sichimba says this is among the five conditions the Local Authority has set for reopening Pizza Hut which was closed down last week.

In a statement, Sichimba says on July 24, 2018 Pizza Hut management wrote to LCC requesting to not be dragged to court as management was willing to put their house in order.

He says the request was a response to the 24 hour ultimatum issued by LCC for Pizza Hut management to show cause why legal action should not be taken against them.

Sichimba says after having a meeting with Pizza Hut, it was resolved that the matter be settled amicably in the interest of consumers and the business house.

He says Pizza Hut should ensure that stock sheets indicating production and expiry dates were available and well maintained in all the outlets and that all expired products and those not in use should always be cleared from the premises with the knowledge of LCC Waste Management Unit.

Shichimba said other conditions were to retrain and orient the outlet managers and food handlers on food safety and food laws and that the distribution centre and all the outlets be re-inspected.

Sichimba said Pizza Hut has since met all the conditions with the latest being the retraining and orienting of staff which was held Saturday 28th July, 2018 at the Kabulonga outlet.

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