The Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) has with immediate effect suspended operations of Mathews Chikaonda’s Press Trust owned companies for failing to conform to hygienic standards.
MBS pounced on Limbe People’s Butchery, People’s Supermarket Bakery (Victoria Avenue), Namiwawa People’s Bakery and Zomba Metro Bakery, which are managed by Chikaonda- a long time foe of ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
Chombe Foods Limited and FADAMZ Rice Milling have also seen their operations over lack of hygienic standards.
The suspensions have been effected due to continuous non compliance to hygienic conditions as stipulated in Malawi Standard Number 21; Food And Food Processing Units – Code Of Hygienic
“The MBS wishes to advise the general public against patronizing these units until the hygienic conditions have been improved and the suspension lifted by the MBS,” warned MBS.
Recently Lingadzi Inn, Capital City Motel and Seven Eleven bakery situated in Kilipula building in Lilongwe, Café Lounge situated at Chichiri Shopping Mall, Blantyre were also suspended due to continuous non compliance to hygienic conditions.
Malawi Standard Number 21; Food and Food Processing Units –Code of Hygienic Conditions- empowers the bureau to suspend operations of any institution that offers its services to the public if not complying with hygienic standards.
MBS also once suspended operations of Shire Highlands Hotel, Malawi Sun Food Court and Chibuku Breweries Limited, among others.