Unified Chemicals Raided, Ole’ Cooking Oil Fails Inspection

Unified Chemicals Cooking oil brand Ole'

The Zambia Weights and Measures Agency (ZWMA) yesterday seized 650 under-filled containers of Ole cooking oil from Unified Chemicals Ltd in Lusaka. This is according to a statement seen by ZBT by ZWMA Public relations officer, Mutale Chileshe.

ZWMA inspectors carried out a random inspection at a manufacturing plant where 650 containers of 500 milliliters, 750 milliliters, 2 liters, 2.5 liters, 5 liters, 10 liters and 20 liters of the cooking oil were subjected to a test.

ZWMA inspectors at Unified Chemicals plant.
ZWMA inspectors at Unified Chemicals plant.

The 650 containers of Ole cooking oil all failed the inspection test as they were all under-filled contrary to the Weights and Measures Act of Zambia. The under-filled containers of cooking oil were seized and shall be taken to the Courts of Law to be disposed of.

The under-filling of the oil was attributed to the use of un-verified equipment such as automatic fillers which the Agency cautioned the owner about. Going by the results of the inspection, the owner was issued with an order of restraint of sale for the remaining batches of the product.

The Agency directed Unified Chemicals Management to re-package all the cooking oil in the manufacturing plant before it can be released to the public for consumption.The owners were also summoned to the Zambia Weights and Measures Agency Headquarters for a hearing as per provisions of the Act.

Chileshe appealed to members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspicion of incorrect quantities of pre-packaged products sold on the Zambian market. “You are advised to look out for a ZWMA sticker on weighing and measuring instruments such as scales in butcheries and bakeries and fuel dispensers at filling stations.” he said.

Unified Chemicals is a manufacturing company with its base of operations in Lusaka, Zambia. They produce edible oils and soaps. The company was founded by Harshad Patel, a businessman with experience in the manufacturing industry and corporate management. His Co-Founder of the company is Dr. Walter Bleecker, an Architect and Biochemical Geneticist with experience in the manufacture of soaps, detergents and the refining of vegetable oils.