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PRODUCT RECALL ON LIMITED NUMBER OF READY TO EAT SLICED COLD MEATS AND VIENNAS

CCC-CP-NOTICE-2 of 2018

WARNING NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

Notice is hereby issued by the COMESA Competition Commission (the “Commission”) pursuant to Article 30 (1) (b) of the COMESA Competition Regulations (the “Regulations”), following its CCC-CP-Notice-No.-1-of-2018 on the Listeriosis Outbreak in South Africa, to warn the general public as an additional precautionary measure and avoid consumption of limited number of affected meat products.

Food safety is of a paramount important to consumers in the Common Market and the Commission takes all issues regarding the production of food, specifically those traded in the Common Market, seriously.

 

CCC-CP-Notice-No.-1-of-2018 was issued following the recent announcement of the Department of Health in South Africa on the source of the Listeriosis outbreak and safety recall notices by National Consumer Commission (NCC) of South Africa to Tiger Brands Unit – Enterprise Food and Rainbow Chickens Limited. In this respect, CCC-CP-Notice-No.-1-of-2018 warned consumers against the consumption of the recalled processed meat products which are sold ready-to-eat including polony, viennas/sausages and other cold meats. The Commission wishes to inform the public that CCC-Notice-No-2-of-2018 is issued, as an additional precautionary measure, to warn the consumption of a limited number of meat products, especially viennas and cold meats, listed below:

  • Wafer Thin Chargrilled Ham
  • Wafer Thin Roasted Chicken
  • Wafer Thin Smoked Ham
  • Wafer Thin Cooked Ham
  • Wafer Thin Smoked Chicken
  • Sliced Lean Ham
  • Ham Selection
  • Country Ham
  • Smoked & Roasted Gammon
  • Lunceon Meat
  • Cold Meat Assortment
  • Smoked VIennas
  • Red Viennas
  • Cocktail VIennas
  • Smoked Cheesy Viennas
  • Bulk Salami Sticks
  • Salami Sticks
  • Plain Sticks
  • Plain Salami Sticks
  • Spicy Salami Sticks
  • Plain Salami Bites
  • Coriander Salami
  • Spicy Salami Bites
  • Sliced Salami
  • Salami
  • German Salami
  • Sliced Peppered Salami
  • Spicy Salami
  • Local Chorizo

 

In this regard, the Commission wishes to inform the general public to surrender to relevant authorities of COMESA Member States among others Public Health Departments, any of the products listed above including opened and empty packaging. The Commission has further invoked Article 31 (2) (b) of the Regulations and directed the manufacturers of the said products to cease the exportation into or sale to the public by their distributors and related dealers in the Common Market until such a time when the situation returns to normalcy and the general public are informed accordingly.

 

Should you require more information or clarification on the matter you may contact the undersigned on +265 1 772 466 or email: glipimile@comesa.int.

Click here to download the Notice of the Commission issued on 15th March 2018, CCC-CP-Notice No-1-of 2018, Warning the Public on the Listeriosis Outbreak in South Africa.

Click here to download the English Version pdf format of the CCC-CP-Notice-2-of-2018.

Click  here download the French Version pdf format of the CCC-CP-Notice-2-of-2018.

 

Warning Notice to the Public on Listeriosis Outbreak in South Africa

CCC -CP -NOTICE 1 of 2018

WARNING NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

Listeriosis Outbreak in South Africa

 

The COMESA Competition Commission (the “Commission”) hereby notifies the general public that following investigations by the South African Authorities into the Listeriosis outbreak in South Africa, the National Consumer Commission (NCC) of South Africa has issued safety recall notices to Tiger Brands Unit – Enterprise Food and Rainbow Chickens Limited. The recalled products, which are reported to have been contaminated by Listeria, are processed meat products which are sold ready-to-eat and these include polony, viennas/sausages and other cold meats. The Commission has become aware that there is also further risk of cross-contamination of other ready-to-eat processed meat products through the transfer of listeria from contaminated products, either at production, distribution or retail.

The Commission’s research has revealed that Listeriosis is a food-borne disease which comes due to consumption of contaminated foods, particularly, unpasteurized milk, soft cheese and meat products. It is caused by listeria monocytogenes and unlike most food-borne pathogens, listeria multiplies readily in refrigerated foods that have been contaminated. According to the information available to the Commission, there is no vaccine against Listeriosis.

 

In view of the foregoing and pursuant to Article 30 (1) (b) of the COMESA Competition Regulations (the “Regulations”), the Commission would therefore like to inform the general public to exercise caution and avoid consumption of the affected meat products. The Commission has further invoked Article 31 (2) (b) of the Regulations and directed Enterprise Food and Rainbow Chickens to Cease the exportation into or sale to the public by their distributor and related dealers in the Common Market until such a time when the situation returns to normalcy and the general public is informed accordingly.

 

The Commission welcomes any representations on the matter from all interested stakeholders and the general public. Should you require more information or clarification on the matter you may contact the undersigned on +265 1 772 466 or email: glipimile@comesa.int.

 

Click  here  to download the English Version of the Warning Notice to the Public on Listeriosis Outbreak in South Africa.

Click here to download the French Version of the Warning Notice to the Public on Listeriosis Outbreak in South Africa.

NOTICE OF CLOSURE FOR 2017 FESTIVE HOLIDAYS

It is hereby notified that the COMESA Competition Commission (the Commission) will be officially closing for the 2017 festive holidays as from Thursday 21st December 2017 to Sunday,  7th January 2018 and will reopen on Monday 8th January 2018.

Kindly take note that during this period, the Office of the Registrar of the Commission will be closed for notification of transactions. With regard to transactions already notified and under consideration, the computation of time during this period will be adjusted accordingly as per Rule 3(2) of the COMESA Competition Rules which reads:

“Where the time prescribed by or allowed under these Rules for doing an act or taking a proceeding expires on a Saturday or Sunday or on a day on which the office of the Registrar is closed, the act may be done or the proceeding may be taken on the first day following that is not a Saturday, Sunday or day on which that office is closed.”

The Commission wishes all its stakeholders a Merry Christmas 2017 and Happy New Year 2018.

PUBLIC NOTICE ON PAYMENT OF FEES

CCC Notice Number 2 of 2016

 The COMESA Competition Commission (the “Commission”) would like to remind parties to mergers and acquisitions, the general public and all concerned stakeholders, who are required to make fee payments to the Commission that whenever such payments are made, the Commission should immediately be alerted indicating the names of the parties concerned and the details of the corresponding transaction. This is in order to facilitate timely consideration and conclusion of cases before the Commission.

All concerned stakeholders are therefore requested to submit, to the Commission, a copy of the telegraphic transfer as proof of payment through the following contact details:

The Director and Chief Executive Officer

The COMESA Competition Commission

Kang’ombe House, 5th Floor West Wing

P.O. Box 30742

Lilongwe 3, Malawi

Email: COMPCOM@comesa.int

              ldziko@comesa.int

The Commission wishes to thank you for your continued support.

All payments of fees should be made to the following accounts:

Bank Details captured

*Further, kindly note that all payments made to the Commission through the EcoBank Malawi Limited account should include a transaction fee of $15 which the bank deducts upon payment’s transfer to the Commission’s account.

NOTICE OF CLOSURE FOR FESTIVE HOLIDAYS

Commission Notice No. 01/2015

 It is hereby notified that the COMESA Competition Commission (the Commission) will be officially closing for the 2015-2016 festive holidays as from Monday 21st December 2015 to Sunday,  10th January 2016 and will reopen on Monday 11th January 2016.

Kindly take note that during this period, the Office of the Registrar of the Commission will be closed for notification of transactions. With regard to transactions already notified and under consideration, the computation of time during this period will be adjusted accordingly as per Rule 3(2) of the COMESA Competition Rules which reads:

“Where the time prescribed by or allowed under these Rules for doing an act or taking a proceeding expires on a Saturday or Sunday or on a day on which the office of the Registrar is closed, the act may be done or the proceeding may be taken on the first day following that is not a Saturday, Sunday or day on which that office is closed.”

The Commission wishes all its stakeholders a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and look forward to reconnecting in the New Year.

 

The Registrar

COMESA Competition Commission

5th Floor-West Wing, Kang'ombe House

P.O. Box 30742

Lilongwe 3, Malawi

Cell: +265 (0) 991 320088

Office Phone: +265 (0) 1 772466

Email: mdisasa@comesa.int or compcom@comesa.int

www.comesacompetition.org

“Enhancing intra-COMESA trade through the creation of competitive markets”

Notice of Closure for Festive Holidays

It is hereby notified that the COMESA Competition Commission (the Commission) will be officially closing for the 2014-2015 festive holidays as from Monday 22nd December 2014 to Sunday, 11th January 2015 and will reopen on Monday 12th January 2015.Kindly take note that during this period, the Office of the Registrar of the Commission will be closed for notification of transactions. With regard to transactions already notified and under consideration, the computation of time during this period will be adjusted accordingly as per Rule 3(2) of the COMESA Competition Rules which reads:

“Where the time prescribed by or allowed under these Rules for doing an act or taking a proceeding expires on a Saturday or Sunday or on a day on which the office of the Registrar is closed, the act may be done or the proceeding may be taken on the first day following that is not a Saturday, Sunday or day on which that office is closed.”

For any issues requiring immediate attention during this period, Mr Vincent Nkhoma, Manager Exemptions and Enforcement will be the ‘Officer In Charge’ for the Commission and can be contacted on: Cell: +265 (0) 888 589 700 or Email: vnkhoma@comesa.int .

The Commission wishes all its stakeholders a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and look forward to reconnecting in the new year.

The Registrar
COMESA Competition Commission
5th Floor-West Wing, Kang'ombe House
P.O. Box 30742
Lilongwe 3, Malawi
Cell: +265 (0) 991 320088
Office Phone: +265 (0) 1 772466
Email:
mdisasa@comesa.int or compcom@comesa.int

Notice on the Commencement of Operations of the COMESA Competition Commission

It is hereby notified to the general public that the COMESA Competition Commission (the Commission), established under Article 6 of the COMESA Competition Regulations (the Regulations) shall commence the enforcement of the Regulations as from 14th January 2013.

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CCC Notice No. 6 of 2014: Technical Missions to Djibouti, DRC, Uganda, Zambia

The Commission was mandated by the Council of Ministers at the last Policy Organs meeting in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo to intensify advocacy work in Member States with the view to assist the Member States put up measures to ensure the implementation of the Regulations in the respective national territories. The Commission has, in its work programme for this financial year, prioritized the implementation of this decision of Council.

In addition to the mission already carried out to Seychelles, the team from the Commission will between August and November undertake advocacy and awareness technical missions to Djibouti, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Uganda and Zambia with the view to speak to the relevant authorities and stakeholders as regards the need to develop the national competition policies and laws that are harmonized with the Regulations and advise on the issues pertaining to the domestication of the Regulations at national level to ensure their effective implementation.

 

For further information about the missions please contact Vincent Nkhoma on vnkhoma@comesa.int or write to the Commission on the following address:

The Director,
COMESA Competition Commission,
5th Floor-West Wing, Kang'ombe House,
P.O. Box 30742,
Lilongwe 3,
Malawi.
Email:
compcom@comesa.int
www.comesacompetition.org

CCC Notice No. 5 of 2014: Training in Merger Analysis

The COMESA Competition Commission with the technical assistance of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will host an intensive training in merger investigations and analysis targeting the case handlers from the National Competition Authorities of all the COMESA Member States.

The training will offer tools and techniques that are required to successfully investigate and analyse modern complex mergers and acquisitions. The program will, in addition, feature focused learning experiences, case studies and merger simulations.

The primary aim of the training is to enhance the capacity of the emerging and established National Competition Authorities of the COMESA Member States in handling mergers and acquisitions in the modern dynamic market environment. The dates for the workshop will be communicated soon.

For further information about the training please contact Willard Mwemba on wmwemba@comesa.int or write to the Commission on the following address:

The Director,
COMESA Competition Commission,
5th Floor-West Wing, Kang'ombe House,
P.O. Box 30742,
Lilongwe 3,
Malawi.
Email:
compcom@comesa.int
www.comesacompetition.org

CCC Notice No. 4 of 2014: The 6th Annual Conference of the African Consumer Protection Dialogue, 8-12 September, 2014

The COMESA Competition Commission in collaboration with the Competition and Fair Trading Commission (CFTC) of Malawi and the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is co hosting the 6th Annual Conference of the African Consumer Protection Dialogue (the 'African Dialogue'). The conference will be held in Lilongwe from 8-12 September 2014, under the theme “strengthening the framework for dealing with cross-border consumer violations”.

The African Dialogue is an effort of African Governments, NGOs, and the FTC to create informal opportunities to interface with each other and the rest of the world on consumer protection issues. Some of the key priority initiatives for the African Dialogue include:

  • facilitating information sharing from African consumer protection authorities;
  • gathering African consumer laws and creating a legal framework toolkit for African consumer legislation;
  • creating a rapid alert system for cross-border consumer fraud in Africa;
  • organizing consumer education initiatives - including initiatives regarding children's online safety;
  • Engaging African regional and economic organizations regarding consumer issues.
  • publishing a quarterly newsletter;
  • hosting monthly teleconferences/videoconferences;

For further information about the conference please contact Mary Gurure on  mgurure@comesa.int or write to the Commission on the following address:

The Director,
COMESA Competition Commission,
5th Floor-West Wing, Kang'ombe House,
P.O. Box 30742,
Lilongwe 3,
Malawi.
Email:
compcom@comesa.int
www.comesacompetition.org