The fast-food industry in Zimbabwe, which according to one company serves three million customers, has suffered a big blow after the government banned kaylite packaging with immediate effect.
According to The Herald, the ban was effected by the Environment Management Agency.
“The Environmental Management Agency has with immediate effect activated Statutory Instrument 84 of 2012 (Plastic Packaging and Plastic Bottles) (Amendment) Regulations, 2012 (No 1.), which prohibits the manufacture or importation of expanded polystyrene (kaylite) for use or commercial distribution within Zimbabwe,” EMA chairperson Zenzo Nsimbi said.
Although Nsimbi said the ban was effected after consultations with stakeholders, one fast food operator said the ban would put them out of business.
“This simply means that we must stop trading, kicking us out of business and government is supposed to give us some time and should have consulted with stakeholders,” he said.
It will also affect vendors who sell take-away food.
According to The Herald exposure to chemicals emitted by heated kaylite causes headaches, weakness, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal and minor kidney effects. It also decreases concentration abilities and may cause irritation of the mucous membrane and affect the eyes, nose and throat.