Kombucha not alcoho

Nutricom Food and Beverages Limited, the country’s leading manufacturer of health drinks including Kombucha juice, has made some clarifications on a news article published in Nation on Sunday alleging that one of its products, Kombucha, contains more alcoholic content than what is mentioned on the label.

The insinuation from the article is that the company is providing false information about their product to the consumers which is illegal.

However, in a statement, the company has made it clear and assured Malawians that as a law-abiding company, their operations are guided by strict compliance with the laws that govern production and manufacturing processes in this country.

“We have been producing Kombucha for the past 7 years and in all these years, it has been tested and cleared by the Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS). We don’t have a record of non-compliance.” reads the statement in part.

On the question of varying alcohol contents, the company underlined that at the point of production, the alcohol content in its product is 0.005 as indicated on the product sticker.

“However, due to varying storage conditions as the product goes to the market, which may result in the continuation of the fermentation process of the product – the alcohol content may slightly vary from what was at production.

“Needless to say, the Company has no control over how the product is stored once it leaves its factory premises,” reads the statement in part.

“As a Company, we will continue to tirelessly work with all relevant regulatory institutions in the country to ensure that we continue, as we have done in the past 7 years, to deliver a product that meets the demands and expectations of our customers,” concluded the statement.

Studies have proven that the drink is extremely popular with people with cholesterol and diabetes.

Kombucha promotes healthy liver function by removing toxins and destroying free radicals.

Also, the drink is known to have anti-microbial/anti-fungal properties all while being chemopreventive.

Literature shows that Kombucha has been researched in laboratories all over the world from China, India, Serbia, Russia, Germany, Tunisia, Egypt, Iran, Korea, and beyond.

NutriCom is an example of a local company that is adding value to the country’s agricultural produce, an industry that has been lacking for quite some time while maintaining a motto of “Keep Africa Healthy”.

Nutricom manufactures Kombucha Juice, Ginger Kombucha, Rosemary health juice, and Malambe juice drinks, which are certified by the Malawi Bureau of Standards (MB).

Apart from Malawi, Nutricom’s Kombucha is also being manufactured in Zambia and Tanzania.

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