MP URGES ZAMRA, ZABS, NCC TO PUBLICISE FINDINGS ON POWER DRINK

Bwana Mkubwa Member of Parliament (MP) has called on the Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA), the Ndola City Council (NCC) and the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) to reveal the findings of investigations conducted on the natural power energy drink which was banned recently.

Dr. Chanda said it was important for the three institutions to announce the findings so that the fate of Revin Zambia Limited (RZL), which manufactures the energy drink, could be known.

He said in a statement that over 56 RZL workers are suffering following the ban on the drink pending investigations.

“I therefore urge ZAMRA, ZABS and NCC to quickly release the results of the investigation and officially communicate these to the public and the workers at the company because the longer they are taking to release the results, the more the over 56 workers and their families who have been sent on leave because of a lack of activity at the plant will continue suffering,” Dr. Chanda said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Chanda has expressed disappointment that it had to take a reported incident in Uganda and action by the Uganda National Drug Authority and Uganda Bureau of Standards for ZABS and ZAMRA to act.

He noted that it was inappropriate for ZAMRA and ZABS to claim that they had instituted an investigation before the Uganda National Drug Authority and Uganda Bureau of Standards when they are the ones that certified RZL operations.

Dr. Chanda said the fact that the product had been on the market for a long time and ZAMRA and ZABS did not investigate the potency of the energy drink shows that the two institutions are not proactive.

A fortnight ago, ZAMRA, the Ndola City Council and ZABS instituted investigations on the natural power high energy drink which is alleged to contain sildenafil citrate, a substance used to treat erectile dysfunction in men.

The investigation was to ascertain the claims made about the drink that it contains sex boosting substances which made one person in Uganda have an erection for six hours after taking it.

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