Jul 21, 2017 Last Updated 2:00 PM, Jul 21, 2017

Banned Liquor Back On Malawi’s Markets

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A snap survey by Capital FM has found that traders in various townships and markets are still selling the banned liquor, ‘Midori’.

Originally, Midori is a sweet, bright-green, melon flavoured liquor made in Japan, the US, France and Mexico. 

Unlike its international counterpart, locally made Midori is orange in colour and has a high alcohol percentage.

There is public concern that the liquor has claimed many lives and is a health risk to those that consume it.

This led the Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) to confiscate and ban the liquor being sold on the streets. 

A court ruling in favour of the MBS has ordered the ban of production and sale of Midori liquor.

Any entities involved in the production of the product are illegal.

Speaking to Capital FM MBS Director General Davlin Chokazinga admits that they are aware of the backdoor sales and production of the liquor.

He adds that they are working with the Ministry of Industry and Trade on a strategy which would completely root out the production of the hazardous drink.

Chokazinga was however reluctant to give details of the strategy involved, which will be used to wipe out the product from the local market.

The resurfacing sales of Midori raises questions on what role law enforcers play in ridding the market of harmful liquors.

When approached by Capital FM, National Police Spokesperson James Kadadzera, refused to comment on the matter disclosing that the police would only take part if the Bureau calls for their assistance.

Another worrying development is the reported consumption of illegal alcohol by some conductors and minibus drivers as they wait for their passengers at various bus terminals.

This raises fear amongst passengers and motorists of increased carnage on the roads, as some drivers may be driving under the influence of alcohol, like Midori.

Meanwhile the Competitions and Fair Trading Commission is investigating at least twenty-one companies for allegedly supplying products likely to cause injury to health, or physical harm to the consumer.

The majority of these companies are manufacturers of spirits and liquor. 

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