Harare (New Ziana) – The Ministry of Health and Child Care has ordered the removal of Purity Essentials baby powder from retail shelves over safety concerns of the South African manufactured product.
South Africa’s biggest food producer Tiger Brands recently announced a recall of the baby powder as a precautionary measure after traces of asbestos were detected in test samples.
All sizes of the product were being recalled.
In a circular, Health and Child Care permanent secretary Dr Jasper Chimedza said the contamination in the products could cause a rare cancer called mesothelioma.
“Given that a significant number of products in our supermarkets are sourced from South Africa, there is a possibility that some batches of the baby powder in question are already in Zimbabwe. These products should be removed from the shelves or intercepted at points of entry,” he said.
“Let us inform the public of this harmful product to stop further distribution of the product within the country due to its negative health effects.”
Announcing the recall, Tiger Brands said the product was being removed from the shelves “in the best interest of consumers and as a precautionary measure.”
“The affected batch of raw materials does not meet Tiger Brands’ strict quality and safety standards,” the company said last month.