“Zambeef prides itself in maintaining world-class standards of food hygiene and safety and it is a responsibility that everyone in the company takes very seriously,” said Zambeef Chief Executive Officer Francis Grogan.
“The company continues to work closely with the authorities to demonstrate conclusively that its imported products are safe,”
“We are deeply concerned for the distress this scaremongering has caused to our customers and I wish to reassure people that Zambeef continues to supply them with the safest, highest quality food,” he added.
Grogan praised the professionalism of Zambeef’s 5,500 employees and emphasised the company’s contribution to the economy of the nation in terms of the considerable tax revenue paid annually to the government; its pivotal role in providing a link between small-scale farmers and consumers; and in being a linchpin for national food security.
He also commended the efforts of officials for their thorough investigation into the allegations and reiterated that the company was working closely with the Ministry of Health to demonstrate that all imported products are free from any harmful substances.
He also emphasised that the allegations were related solely to a small quantity of imported offal – liver and kidney – and that Zambeef’s local beef products were not affected by the claims.
The company also restated that all the imported items have been withdrawn until conclusive tests are completed.
Last Wednesday health inspectors found aromatic aldehydes, in Zambeef’s imported beef products a chemical used to embalm dead bodies to preserve for a long period of time.