South Africa bans pure Zambian honey

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The Zambian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa has protested the fresh ban imposed on export of Zambian honey to South Africa.

In a letter written to South African authorities, Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Emmanuel Mwamba said that he had learnt with regret that South Africa has restricted market access for Zambia’s pure honey with immediate effect because of a consignment allegedly from Zambia that was found to be contaminated with a disease called American foulbrood.

But Mr. Mwamba says the ban was done outside procedures and trade regulations, further stating that the procedure to impose the ban were breached and no official letter has been written to competent authorities in Zambia as required by trade protocols.

He also stated that no official results of the analysis and copy of import airway bill were provided for Zambia to authenticate and verify the source of such a consignment.

Mr. Mwamba said it was difficult to establish whether the matter was a misconduct of traders who sometimes mix various imports of honey products from other countries.

He has since urged authorities in South Africa to immediately reverse the ban on importation of pure honey until the laid down procedures and verification were done between experts from both countries.

The Zambian envoy adds that if Zambian honey were subjected to irradiation as being proposed, it would lose its treasured and intrinsic value which ranks it as pure, organic and natural and a factor which gives it a choice presence on the market.

In a letter written to South African importers of pure Zambian honey, the authorities stated that audit samples from a consignment from a farm called Musonda Chitalu and forest fruite, detected American foulbrood.

The letter to South African importers states that to this effect, all consignments from Zambia should be subjected to irradiation and all imports permits allowing pure honey from Zambia have since been withdrawn.

But Mr. Mwamba stated that during earlier effort to lift the ban on pure honey market access to South Africa, extensive work was done to demonstrate that Zambia did not have such a disease present in its honey.

This is contained in a statement issued to Phoenix News by first Secretary Press and Public Relations at Zambia’s High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa Naomi Nyawali.



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