The Secretariat commenced investigations against HMS Foods and Grains Ltd on allegations of supplying uncertified flour products.

The investigation was instituted following shop inspections which the Commission conducted at Farmers World, Kasungu Branch on 19th September, 2019 which found stocks of “PERFECT Scones and Mandasi Flour” which raised suspicion that they were not certified by the MBS.

The said product, which is manufactured by the Respondent, did not have marks/labels to show that the products had been certified by MBS.

The investigations established that the product was, in actual fact, certified by the MBS, under a pre-certification regime. The Respondent furnished the Commission with a pre-certification certificate.

However, the Respondent did not put the pre-certification mark on the packaging of the product, hence the product was insufficiently labeled contrary to the provisions of the CPA.

Following deliberations, the Commission made the following orders:

  1. The Respondent should pay a fine of Five Hundred Thousand Malawi Kwacha (MK 500,000) for supplying products with insufficient labels.
  2. The Respondent should cease and desist from engaging in insufficient labelling of products.