class=”f”>Zambia Daily Mail by Online Editor on 6/24/13
By STAFF REPORTER
ZAMBEEF have stated that the “bad press” targeted at them in recent days regarding some of their products shall not slow them down as they continue to create jobs and reduce poverty.
Zambeef have also maintained that its products are clean and meet international health standards of the United Kingdom and the United States of America and Europe.
This is according to company managing director Francis Grogan, who spoke in an exclusive interview with this newspaper yesterday following days of allegations published in local media regarding some of its products.
“Zambeef is a home-grown Zambian company that employees more than 5,000 people directly and more indirectly,” Mr Grogan said as he added that “the company continues to work closely with the authorities to demonstrate conclusively that its imported products are safe.”
He also categorically denied the ‘wholesale’ importation of meat products saying the only products the company imports sometimes are offals which are in high demand locally as they are regarded as a ‘delicacy.’
We do from time to time import certain beef products that are in short supply in Zambia namely beef livers and beef kidneys,” Mr Grogan said.
Mr Grogan dismissed claims that the “imports” were “preserved” from source to keep them fresh.
“They (offals) are brought in on freezer trucks using Walvis Bay port in Namibia…they are frozen at -18 degrees Celsius and kept frozen throughout the whole ship and road journey from the exporting country up to Zambia after thorough certification that meets international standards.
He said, “It’s wrong to say that we import all meat products when we infact provide families with income by buying meat locally.”