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Kaylite ban: Food outlets cry foul

By Nqobile Tshili

Fast food outlets and suppliers of kaylite have said the Government’s ban of the expanded polystyrene packaging material has left them in the cold with no alternative to package their products.

Food Packaging Expanded Polystyrene
Food Packaging Expanded Polystyrene

The Environmental Management Agency on Wednesday invoked Statutory 84 of 2012 which prohibits the manufacturing or importation of expanded polystyrene (kaylite) for or commercial distribution within Zimbabwe.

Businesses that continue using kaylite face a $5 000 fine and or up to one year in prison.

A snap survey by The Chronicle yesterday revealed that most fast food outlets had defied the ban.

The shops argued that the ban caught them unaware and it did not give them an opportunity to find suitable packaging alternatives.

“We were shocked when we read about the ban in The Chronicle this morning. This was done without consultation or warning.

“We can’t stop offering food to our customers because we don’t have an alternative,” said a manager at one of the city’s food out lets, who declined to be named, fearing that her shop would be targeted.

“Before banning kaylite, EMA should have recommended a suitable option for packaging because as it is we don’t know what else to do.”

A majority of fast food outlet operators said they would adopt a wait and see attitude while others professed ignorance over the ban.

“As far as we are concerned nothing has changed. There is no formal communication to us,” said one player.

Mr Hlanganani Ncube, a supplier of kaylite, said the ban was pushing him out of business.

He said his clients were already panicking as they also do not have a substitute for kaylite.

“Just this morning I had over 20 clients calling and inquiring if we have alternative packaging material. They were panicking because a $5 000 fine could shut down their businesses. We don’t have suitable material to substitute kaylite, which is popular with take away shops,” he said.

Mr Ncube said although he was also selling card box food packaging material, it was not selling as well as kaylite because liquid food seeped through it.

“What will happen to the stock that we already have. We should have been given a grace period to clear our stock instead of EMA’s irrational decision to ban the kaylite overnight,” he said.

EMA spokesperson Mr Steady Kangata said there was no going back on the activation of SI 84 of 2012 as the deadline for the ban was long overdue.

He said in December 2015, the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, gave a six- month grace period which ended in June 2016 for players to remove kaylite from the market but they remained defiant.

Mr Kangata said cone based packaging was a viable alternative that businesses were ignoring.

“There is also the cone based packaging which is biodegradable plastic. The alternatives are there. Kaylite emerged in 1999, before that kaylite was not there.

“However, restaurants were there even in suburbs such as Makokoba and Sizinda. People were eating take away food even before kaylite emerged,” he said.

Exposure to chemicals emitted by heated kaylite causes headaches, weakness, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal and minor kidney infections.

It also decreases concentration abilities and may cause irritation of the mucous membrane and affect the eyes, nose and throat.

Studies have shown that increased styrene exposure leads to chromosomal damage, abnormal pulmonary function and cancer. The Chronicle

  • kutadza kuraambidza maspike voti sika nema keylite,zvimwe zvinhu zvinopedza power xure.

  • Left me wondering if Zimbabwe is the most health & environmentally conscious country in the world

  • They cause cancer motoisa muma plates kkkkk

    • Boss we will still die one way or the other. As Zimbos we are faced with a myriad of problems daily which are a threat to our lives.

    • And this was discovered by who

  • What is the difference with the ones we use in South Africa?

  • Thats zanu pf for you. Always drawing and coming up with useless policies and statutes that dont add any value for our well being. Whats the alternative to this product anyway?

  • The fast food outlets and the manufacturer of the kaylites must take the goverment to court .The goverment must prove to the court that kaylite causes cancer.This ban was long time coming first it Oppah Muchinguri who wanted to ban kaylites saying they are polluting the enviroment.

  • There is a Zanu pf official with a packaging company ready to operate .Everything is in place to supply all food outlets with plastic & paper containers.Because they cannot face competition from kaylite, the easy way out is to find a stupid reason to stop the competitor’s products in the name of protecting the environment & in the process monopolise the situation.This is how politics work & destroy nations Cde.Tactics Cdes,tactics.Remember Squiler in Animal Farm.Thats how it works.

    • In this particular case the minister is very correct zim government mooted the idea of banning kaylite far back as 2011…and gave a deadline of 30 June 2016 for compliance,now we are 6 years down the line and scientists.researchers…great thinkers haven’t found a solution to the situation arising means we have a serious innovation problem.Those affected industries had ample time to find solutions to do away with kaylite technology…..Its just a non-compliance case we are having here…https://www.newsday.co.zw/2011/01/31/2011-01-31-crisis-looming-over-ban-of-kaylite/ ……https://www.thestandard.co.zw/2016/05/16/still-kaylite-ban-zim/ …..https://www.ema.co.zw/index.php/182-expanded-polystyrene-foam-kaylite-should-it-be-banned.html

      • Waiting 4 newZim

        Pfutseki iwe. Urimbwa

    • In this particular case the minister is very correct zim government mooted the idea of banning kaylite far back as 2011…and gave a deadline of 30 June 2016 for compliance,now we are 6 years down the line and scientists.researchers…great thinkers haven’t found a solution to the situation arising means we have a serious innovation problem.Those affected industries had ample time to find solutions to do away with kaylite technology…..Its just a non-compliance case we are having here…https://www.newsday.co.zw/2011/01/31/2011-01-31-crisis-looming-over-ban-of-kaylite/ ……https://www.thestandard.co.zw/2016/05/16/still-kaylite-ban-zim/ …..https://www.ema.co.zw/index.php/182-expanded-polystyrene-foam-kaylite-should-it-be-banned.html

    • A responsible Gvt provides an alternative solution to a problem.There is no viable industry in Zimbabwe to close this gap.What can be done?

    • A responsible Gvt provides an alternative solution to a problem.There is no viable industry in Zimbabwe to close this gap.What can be done?

    • Izzy ICee aah that’s the duty of Research and Development department in industries or companies and our researchers in universities and great thinkers out there,it’s duty of government to protect you and or environment from dangerous substances that are on the market .Role of gvt is in consultation with stakeholders formulating laws and then enforcement ,they did just that…Industry was given ample time 6years to migrate to alternative technologies but they didn’t take action now the gvt is at enforcement phase they are crying foul that’s just ridiculous.The dangers of kaylite cannot be over emphasized and government has to take action to protect the people.Kana Satan akanaisa mvura inomwisa asi hatimunamati.

    • Izzy ICee aah that’s the duty of Research and Development department in industries or companies and our researchers in universities and great thinkers out there,it’s duty of government to protect you and or environment from dangerous substances that are on the market .Role of gvt is in consultation with stakeholders formulating laws and then enforcement ,they did just that…Industry was given ample time 6years to migrate to alternative technologies but they didn’t take action now the gvt is at enforcement phase they are crying foul that’s just ridiculous.The dangers of kaylite cannot be over emphasized and government has to take action to protect the people.Kana Satan akanaisa mvura inomwisa asi hatimunamati.

    • I totally agree with you Cde. Its more than 2 decades & the Zimbabwean economy is in limbo.We have a sleeping minister of environment who chases around Zvihuta farmers when global warming is taking its toll.Muchinguri must initiate the move to find a solution for these business people to survive.The point is, those who have a duty to the nation spend time fighting personal wars & ignore things that matter.Tochidii manje.Ichooo

    • Kaylite ban is not a particular political party project as we now tend to politicize everything.. It’s a global ban. It’s about the environment and your health. It’s just simple those who comply will enjoy the market those who grumble and resist change will close shop… Those who can bring alternative technologies will smile to the bank that’s how it works… Comply or perish

    • These companies cannot cry foul now as if this happened overnight. The had ample time since 2016 to find an alternative for packaging but they didn’t. Nando’s packages their stuff in brown paper. It’s tough yes,but it can’t be an excuse for being slack in business.

    • These companies cannot cry foul now as if this happened overnight. The had ample time since 2016 to find an alternative for packaging but they didn’t. Nando’s packages their stuff in brown paper. It’s tough yes,but it can’t be an excuse for being slack in business.

  • Ndomabasa eZanu

  • tangai mapedza dambudziko re typhoid ne cholera manyoka mozobata nyaya dze cancer ahhh maZimba kudzidza kwenyu uku kunotambudzisa vamwe shuwa….fodya inokonzera cancer iri kungorimwa wani ichitengeswa vakuru vakuru muchisekerera asi miti ichipera uko enda kwaZvimba uone kana kuchine miti enda Hurungwe ukawana miti mihombe undivhunze asi nanga nanga neKaylite……Asi Mwari varikuzviona

    • Taura hako iwe people are allowed to settle and downing tress kuma gumtrees e boarder timbers Chimanimani. I am sure pane mu ZANU arikuda business irori

    • nhai zvako zvinhu zvinonzi with emdt efct ko anga aita invest in kaylites odii at least vajatuwo 3 months notice its better kwete kungoti nhasi hoooo ahh nhai vanhu tingadarano here???

  • Take them to court

  • So are they going to ban smoking in public because its also a health hazard or its the usual double standards

  • Ngavatange neZINWA itsitsi dzei kubvisa mwana wemvana dzihwa

  • Tipei mvura iri clean first before you start worrying bout ma containers ema take away
    World class city rudzii isina drinkable tap water

  • Where was EMA all alone ?so that means almost 3quarters of us have cancer, that rediculous

  • Chihurumende chenhema icho

  • Munhu nemunhu nedheka rake pakufamba otherwise unopakurirwa muhomwe yehovhorosi kana dust coat😂😂.
    “Ivhu ramunoona machinda ndiro rinonzi Zimbabwe!!!!”

  • Unongoti zvinokonzeresa cancer kana uchida kuti vanhu vasashandise

  • In this particular case the minister is very correct zim government mooted the idea of banning kaylite far back as 2011…and gave a deadline of 30 June 2016 for compliance,now we are 6 years down the line and scientists.researchers…great thinkers haven’t found a solution to the situation arising means we have a serious innovation problem.Those affected industries had ample time to find solutions to do away with kaylite technology…..Its just a non-compliance case we are having here…https://www.newsday.co.zw/2011/01/31/2011-01-31-crisis-looming-over-ban-of-kaylite/ ……https://www.thestandard.co.zw/2016/05/16/still-kaylite-ban-zim/ …..https://www.ema.co.zw/index.php/182-expanded-polystyrene-foam-kaylite-should-it-be-banned.html

  • In this particular case the minister is very correct zim government mooted the idea of banning kaylite far back as 2011…and gave a deadline of 30 June 2016 for compliance,now we are 6 years down the line and scientists.researchers…great thinkers haven’t found a solution to the situation arising means we have a serious innovation problem.Those affected industries had ample time to find solutions to do away with kaylite technology…..Its just a non-compliance case we are having here…https://www.newsday.co.zw/2011/01/31/2011-01-31-crisis-looming-over-ban-of-kaylite/ ……https://www.thestandard.co.zw/2016/05/16/still-kaylite-ban-zim/ …..https://www.ema.co.zw/index.php/182-expanded-polystyrene-foam-kaylite-should-it-be-banned.html

  • The next thing muchanzwa zvonzi the only Kylites allowed are the ones with a stiker written Chinotimba Kylites only

  • The next thing muchanzwa zvonzi the only Kylites allowed are the ones with a stiker written Chinotimba Kylites only

  • Kwaakutofamba nezi Ndiro mu bag

  • Kwaakutofamba nezi Ndiro mu bag

  • I am just thinking aloud, job losses, job losses, how many are being send to the streets that are already saturated?

  • I am just thinking aloud, job losses, job losses, how many are being send to the streets that are already saturated?

  • Been long since I heard good news from that side.bad news daily aaarrrggggg Zim nooo

  • keep on voting zanu …Motoisa sadza mu2kg Plastic iya yeSugar

  • There are a few other countries where kaylite and plastic have been banned or partialy banned. 30 years ago we didnt use this stuff, count how many throwaways are on the side of the road wheb you drive. If we would take care of our rubbish then perhaps there would be no need of a ban. I dont care if its politically motivated, its something that we need to address. Kaylite does not degrade, wild animals try to eat it because it contains the food smell then it clogs their digestive systems.. it clogs up those small low level bridges too… Im sure we can find an alternative to these things… its 2017, not the dark ages. France is using something similar to kaylite but its biodegradable and does not leach hormones into the food.

  • It’s only in Zim were decision are made over nyt no consultation nothing angori mazvake chaiwo
    1st they banned mabhero sitting health concerns without really going to root of problem. Then zvihuta know kaylites this nation is a joke.
    God help us

  • Zvinongomuka zvakatonzi ndizvo zvavapo shame to our government

  • i do not know about the cancer but wat i know is that for sure as people we have been so careless wen it comes to disposing of kaylite,storm water drains,streams and pathways are full of this product which is also a threat to animals wen consumed,the same scenario is hapenning with pampers,there is an urgent need of attitude change amongst members of the public in as far as disposing of waste is concerned

  • Paper containers Ka nhai

  • Muchatofamba nemaplates kunga vana vecreche vaizopakurirwa poridge nebeans kudhara

  • the ban is non-political & the dangers are verifiable Zimbabwe might be the first country in Africa to issue the ban in some parts of the globe they have implemented alternatives. Lets not be ignorant manufacturers downplay the apparent hazard

  • To the Courts, to the Courts! Come one Lawyers, go Pro Bono!

  • hurumende ino itira vana vayo hutsinye,mhosva hombe yatakapara vana veZimbabwe kuita chizvarwa chemuZimbabwe

  • ko ma condom

  • only in zim keylitys can cause caacer

  • thats nonsense ipai vanhu mabasa than implementing rubbish laws

  • Its a good move. The health of consumers is more important than making money coz kana morwara the Government will be cracking its head mabusiness owners mari dzavo dziri muhomwe. They will find an alternative soon don’t worry.

    • nxaa only zim kylites course cancer how come..

    • You will never understand it. Do a little research and find the answers.

    • Du yu know there are made of waste plastics anonhongwa muroad and mybe they dont go on a proper process iri suitable for people remember muzim yakiya kiya to make money .so smtimes they are right check the ones in chicken inn and other outlets with big names they are different from the ones ari muma most of the restaurants

    • And waste plastic include dangerous chemical containers

    • And waste plastic include dangerous chemical containers

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  • ,you can’t just impose an abrupt ban ,that’s dictatorship

  • ,you can’t just impose an abrupt ban ,that’s dictatorship

  • It’s all about the money, honey!

  • It’s all about the money, honey!

  • Motongodyira mumapoto. Munotenga poto yese makawanda moimonotera muchitimba muchiseva mune imwe. Saka marestaurant akutofanira kutenga mapoto akawanda

  • Being enforced : Facts : Inspectors visited business’ yesterday

  • kkkkk pane minister akuda kugadzirawo zvake kuti awane market.

  • Ichapedzisira yakungonzi munhu famba ne plate necup yako, coz zvigubhu chaizvo zvema drink manje manje zvinenge zvane cancer

  • Ema is failing to clean harare streets n start some silly bans …..

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