By VALENTINE OFORO, DODOMA

THE Tanzania Dairy Board (TDB) has inspected, seized and removed into the market different counterfeit and unlicensed milk products that have been smuggled into the country from varied countries by some unscrupulous traders.

Moreover, the vital crackdown conducted by the state-owned board at different retail and supermarkets within the Dodoma capital city also managed to identify and remove into the markets expired milk products.

Briefing this publication over the development, the Registrar of Tanzania Dairy Board (TDB) Dr. George Msalya named some of the illegally imported milk in question as Nura, KCC, Brookside, Aptamil, NIDO Forti Croissance, Cow & Gate, and sma PRO, to mention but a few.

“The government has allowed the importation of milk products from outside the country for different reasonable purposes, but the milk to be imported must be of the needed quality and standards, and the traders must abide by the set regulations and procedures,” he expressed.

He added that the board will not tolerate seeing some unpatriotic traders turning the country into the ‘dustbin’ of substandard milk products from abroad, insisted: “Importation and selling of substandard and unlicensed milk products have multiple health risks for the consumers, and apart from that, the move has also weakened the country’s economy because the importers are waiving to pay deserved taxes to the government,”

Dr. Msalya expressed that as per the set regulations, the traders who have been nabbed with the unwanted milk products will be fined to the tune of between 2.5m/- and 5m/- as well as facing other legal punishments.

“Apart from imposing them with the said fines, we’re also educating them on how they are supposed to abide with the set procedures and regulations for the importation of milk, which among others include seeking approval for the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS),” he observed.

He named the countries from which the substandard milk in question are often smuggled from South Africa, Germany, Netherland, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, the USA, Ireland and Dubai.

“I am appealing to traders and other investors to consult the TDB and other relevant authorities in case of importation of milk so that they can be on the safe side, but also ensure the safety of users,” he insisted.

He said the board will continue to make effective supervision of the vita sector with an eye to for professional development of the general milk production value chain within the country.

For his side, TDB’s State Attorney, Edwin Bantulaki, said apart from Dodoma, the board has so far conducted a similar inspection exercise in Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Shinyanga and Kahama regions.

“The exercise so far proved Dar es Salaam and Dodoma regions to be awash with numerous phoney milk products more than other regions. We’re working round the clock to slash the situation to zero as the exercise extends to other remaining regions,” he detailed.

The Tanzania Dairy Board (TDB) was established by the Dairy Industry Act Cap. 262 of 2004. The Board was inaugurated on 11th November 2005 with a mandate to develop, promote and regulate the dairy industry in Tanzania

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