SCANDAL: ZAMBEEF Injects Meat With Aldehyde, A Chemical Used For Embalming Dead Bodies, Then Sells Meat To Zambians

zambeefAn analysis of 8 beef products imported into the country by Zambeef, seeing by health inspectors confirmed the presence of Aromatic Aldehyde.

Health experts say the aromatic adehydes discovered in Zambeef beef is used to embalm dead bodies and can cause organ cancers like cancer of the blood in human. And the Competition and Consumer Protection commission says it is aware about Zambeef’s imported products been under scrutiny.

According to an analysis to the Minstry of health’s food and control laboratory conducted in Lusaka last week, aromatic Aldehyde was detected in all the samples

The health experts told journalists yesterday that Aromatica Adehydes which they compare to Benzene or jet fuel are powerful preservatives chemicals that are dangerous for human beings as they cause diseases such as leukamia. fThese are mainly ised for embalming dead bodies, for example if someone dies here in Zambia and they come from UK, in order for the body to reach the Uk fresh, we inject the Aromatica Aldehyde in the veins” Said the health experts.

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120 Responses to SCANDAL: ZAMBEEF Injects Meat With Aldehyde, A Chemical Used For Embalming Dead Bodies, Then Sells Meat To Zambians


    June 20, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    The government should investigate and do more tests other than the toxicology report alone. Do DNA test on so called Beef. It could even be Horse meat that people have been consuming all along . Europe is currently in Horse meat export and import scandal including UK. There is a possibility that could be horse meat too. People running businesses sometimes forget about quality as they are only interested in money. This problem is not only in Zambia alone but in developed countries as well. The country requires cooperation and vigilance from all angles for the government to deal with this sophisticated crime

  2. isaac Reply

    June 20, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    gather the truth 1st, then act, if it’s true let the company close down. life is precious.

    • Kunda Reply

      June 20, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      This is far worse than eating horse meat, which has been eaten in parts of the world for a long time: we are talking about feeding the Zambian population with ‘dead body embalming chemicals’??!! What could possibly worse than that???

      And the Minister of Health came on the 7pm News and confirmed that Zambeef meat tested positive for this chemical, so why have thye not shut them all down until they clear ALL this badly contaminated meat, fine them very heavily and ensure that it does not happen again – EVER?!!

  3. gavanagavana Reply

    June 20, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    aromatic aldehyde can also be used to preserve beef,it depends which type is used.

    • CACINE Reply

      June 21, 2013 at 9:30 am

      You are a dunderhead. You have heard that the meat was tested and found that it was contaminated with the dangerous chemical which can even cause cancer. What more information do you want? The Government must revoke the License and close down that company. We do not need them anymore, they are dangerous criminals.

      • mulanga pezulo Reply

        June 21, 2013 at 10:37 am

        Almonds, apricots, apples and cherry kernels, contain significant amounts of amygdalin. This glycoside breaks up under enzyme catalysis into benzaldehyde, hydrocyanic acid and two molecules of glucose.

        On oxidation, benzaldehyde is converted into the odorless benzoic acid, which is a common impurity in laboratory samples. Benzyl alcohol can be formed from benzaldehyde by means of hydrogenation. Reaction of benzaldehyde with anhydrous sodium acetate and acetic anhydride yields cinnamic acid, while alcoholic potassium cyanide can be used to catalyze the condensation of benzaldehyde to benzoin. Benzaldehyde undergoes disproportionation upon treatment with concentrated alkali (Cannizzaro reaction): one molecule of the aldehyde is reduced to the corresponding alcohol and another molecule is simultaneously oxidized to sodium benzoate.

        • call boys Reply

          June 21, 2013 at 11:05 am

          I cant not understand all this. Perhaps I am not the only one who can not understand your explanation. bottomline as far as the common man like is concerned is that we have been feed with dangerous chemicals.

  4. Barclay Reply

    June 20, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Zambeef, embulming the Nation.

  5. Jimmie tall Reply

    June 20, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Zambeef shud be closed with immedate effect coz the are destroying us zambias.

  6. Toka Reply

    June 20, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Tell us from which country was this meat imported from. No wander there are so many kinds of sicknesses, ala ukulya kusuma kulaletelela.

  7. FuManchu Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 1:43 am

    No standards and standards enforcement in Zambia thus anything goes

  8. IK Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 4:53 am

    Why should a Big Company like ZAMBEEF do such a satanic act

  9. CHAMPESHA Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 5:28 am

    Go to City Market Fish Section. This what they do to the fish. There is a strange chemical smell there. I think these malukulas are supplying the market.


    June 21, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Zambeef,Killing the nation!

  11. afelo onde Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 6:49 am

    I guess the ZAMBEEF owners think we are zombies hey, that’s why they give us embalmed meet so that they put us to rest permanently. we must shut them down.

  12. cybermasi Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Out of words. Would that it would not be true.

  13. Nyama Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 7:29 am

    The beginning of the down fall of Zambeef

  14. Patricia Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Zambians are not ******. Fellow Zambians lets unite and stop buying meat products from Zambeef. That way ZAMBEEF will exit Zambia faster than they came. What they are doing is inhuman.

  15. bimbo Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I avoid as much as possible eating beef and pork and chicken. These days I usually go for quails, ducks, guinea fowls and goat meat which has less fat than beef. One hopes this scandal will help Zambians be choosy about what they eat.

  16. Mwana Mfumu Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 9:02 am

    PF must act swiftly

  17. Mpumba Mikowa Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 9:03 am

    How can zambeef do such an evil thing?Justo Kopulande was just fooling around last time he was making a statement.The minister of health has confirmed that tests carried out so far indicate that the chemical aldehyde is present in their meat products.I can see zambians shunning zambeef products like no man’s business.To hell with Zampoison.

    • CACINE Reply

      June 21, 2013 at 9:34 am

      If they do not close it down, people will continue queuing up to buy their deaths from this company, as very few people have heard this news and very few can act wisely. It just needs to be closed.

  18. SEKOPONOKE Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Suspend the operations of zambeef and do thorough investigations in this matter. This is serious!!!!!

  19. smart Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 9:17 am

    The beginning of the downfall.But they are still selling the meat.The govt shud shut all the outlets in zambia.This is insane.bafikala ba zambeef.

  20. Ganizan Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 9:20 am

    The only problem we have in this country is that this case will die a natural death and Zambeef will be cleared by the same government. It’s us ordinary Zambians who should rise up and demand for action. Otherwise if we leave it to the government ni kaya.

  21. Nkwilimba Sibeso Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Nutritional Changes by Freezing

    Meat is frozen without any prior treatment, unlike vegetables which have to undergo a preliminary blanching process to destroy enzymes involving considerable loss of water-soluble nutrients. So there is little or no loss of nutrients during the freezing procedure, nor, so far as there is reliable evidence, during frozen storage – apart from vitamin E.

    Proteins are unchanged during frozen storage but fats are susceptible to rancidity. Pork and poultry meat are more susceptible since they are richer in unsaturated fatty acids than other meats, and comminuted meat is also very susceptible to rancidity because of the large surface area which is accessible to oxygen.

    The vitamin E is damaged because the first products of fat rancidity, hydroperoxides, are stable at the low temperature and oxidise the vitamin. At room temperature they break down to harmless peroxides, aldehydes and ketones, so that vitamin E is more stable at room temperature than during frozen storage.

    The losses incurred in frozen meat mostly take place when the meat is thawed, and juices are exuded containing soluble proteins, vitamins and minerals. This is termed “dripthaw” and the amount depends on the length of time of ageing (time between slaughter and freezing), whether frozen as carcass or meat cuts, conditions of freezing and speed of thawing; it varies between 1% and 10% of the weight of the meat and is usually about 5%.

    There is some loss of nutrients when the meat is cooked after thawing; results published in the scientific literature tend to measure the combined losses from the original fresh meat to the final cooked product. Unfortunately the results vary so much that it is not possible to draw conclusions.

    It must be emphasised that the variations are largely due to difficulties in analysis of the B vitamins, and to differences in conditions and methodology – even results from the same laboratories are inconsistent. This is illustrated very clearly by results published from one group of investigators who examined pork loin after freezing and storage at -12°C and 24°C and subsequent cooking at regular intervals over one year for changes in thiamin, riboflavin and pyridoxine (Mikkelsen, Rasmussen and Zinck 1984). Despite constant experimental conditions analyses at two monthly intervals showed wide fluctuations, especially for thiamin, which were attributed by the authors to difficulties in analytical methods.

    It was tentatively concluded after storage at -12°C and cooking that about 90% of the thiamin was retained but no firm conclusions could be drawn about other vitamins. No conclusions could be drawn about storage at the lower temperature!

    For riboflavin about 90% was retained at -12°C and 100% after storage at -24°C and cooking, although these results were also variable.

    For pyridoxine 80% was retained when stored at -12°C and cooked but the results were erratic.

    In the same report ground beef was examined only after 1 year storage and showed 80% retention of thiamine, 85% of riboflavin and 100% of pyridoxine at both temperatures.

    A summary of earlier work (Fennema 1975) suggested that losses during freezing and storage of meat and poultry for 6 – 12 months at -18°C but excluding subsequent cooking, ranged between zero and 30% for thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and pyridoxine. A survey of frozen meals analysed after freezing, storage and cooking reported losses of up to 85% of thiamin, 55% of vitamin A, 33% vitamin E, 25% niacin and pyridoxine (De Ritter et al 1974).

    Little research in this area has been reported in recent years and this limited number of reports illustrates the difficulty of making even generalisations about the stability of vitamins in frozen meat products.

  22. Nkwilimba Sibeso Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Some fats will naturally breakdown into harmless aldehydes. I believe this is a case of ignorance which is common in government institutions blowing up non issues and Zambians respond without any thought.

    • mulanga pezulo Reply

      June 21, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Almonds, apricots, apples and cherry kernels, contain significant amounts of amygdalin. This glycoside breaks up under enzyme catalysis into benzaldehyde, hydrocyanic acid and two molecules of glucose
      It is commonly employed to confer almond flavor. Benzaldehyde is used chiefly as a precursor to other organic compounds, ranging from pharmaceuticals to plastic additives. The aniline dye malachite green is prepared from benzaldehyde and dimethylaniline. It is a precursor to certain acridine dyes as well. Via aldol condensations, benzaldehyde is converted into derivatives of cinnamaldehyde and styrene. The synthesis of mandelic acid starts from benzaldehyde:

    • Fats Reply

      February 26, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      This is what we need – an insight to make evnroyee think

  23. Nkwilimba Sibeso Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 9:46 am

    3. Smoking

    Smoke for treatment of meat products is produced from raw wood. Smoke is generated through the thermal destruction of the wood components lignin and cellulose. The thermal destruction sets free more than 1000 desirable or undesirable firm, liquid or gaseous components of wood.

    These useful components contribute to the development of the following desirable effects on processed meat products:

    Meat preservation through aldehydes, phenols and acids
    (anti-microbial effect)
    Antioxidant impact through phenols and aldehydes
    (retarding fat oxidation)
    Smoke flavour through phenols, carbonyls and others
    (smoking taste)
    Smoke colour formation through carbonyls and aldehydes
    (attractive colour)
    Surface hardening of sausages/casings through aldehydes (in particular for more rigid structure of the casing)

    The most known undesirable effect of smoking is the risk of residues of benzopyrene in smoked products which can be carcinogenic if the intake is in high doses over long periods. With normal eating habits, a carcinogenic risk is normally not associated with moderately smoked food such as smoked meat products.

    Depending on the product, smoke is applied at different temperatures. There are two principal smoking techniques:

    Cold smoking
    Hot smoking

    The principle of both methods is that the smoke infiltrates the outside layers of the product in order to develop flavour, colour and a certain preservation effect.

  24. katz musole Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 10:09 am

    ZAMBIANS wake up,THIS WHITE PEOPLE DO NOT MEAN WELL TO AFRICANS and ZAMBEEF IS AN EXMPLE ON HOW EVIL THESE WHITE PEOPLE ARE.Remember what that white former PRESIDENT of SOUTH AFRICA read in parliament in 1985 on how these western countries(USA,UK,GERMANY,JAPAN,FRANCE,ARGENTINA) developed and developing ways of eliminating the BLACK MANKIND.

    REMEMBER this white do not want to use BOMBS because the envinroment can be contaiminated that’s why NOW IT IS CIVILISED KILLING.
    WATCH THE SPACE,by 2015 one of the Countries in southern africa will be depopulated through strange deaths.

    ZAMBEEF is run by these the same white people who have waged war AGAINST CHINESE PEOPLE because they know that they can easily counter they moves.They tried in CHINA with BIRD FLU BUT failed.



    June 21, 2013 at 10:19 am


  26. jusmicky Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 10:33 am

    wow its more like dreaming!no wonder there is different kinds of cancers from no where!the same chemicals!anyways it does happens coz of the idleness of the country,eating 4 so long!!!!wake up people!!!!!!!!!!

  27. kopala Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 10:38 am

    zambeef baninenu ifinyo , no more buying 4rm your outlets

  28. XXX Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Please just close all the outlets until they clear them of all the allegations!!!! if found guilty please revoke the licence permanently this is a serious issue which should be taken up to the highest level.Thank you Ba Post for exposing this no sense!!!

  29. Alexander Mulaisho Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 10:56 am

    What have not eaten, Lizards, ARVs in chickens and now this… Can somebody do something please before we turn into unknown creatures.

    • lala Reply

      June 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      kikikiki!! yaba.. you have made my day.

  30. Mr wise Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Let justice prevail quickly….Injustice in one company is a threat to justice to the other companies.So close that company that use wrong chemicals to nourish their products.

  31. matcool Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 11:15 am


  32. love Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    but i smell somethng fishy in all this…i think HH IS a major shareholder in zambeef and this is one way of killing his riches….how harmful is this chemical anyway and why is the post blowing this profusely….i need more education

  33. Kudya Nkusheta Party Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    There is a lot of tax from zambeef and alot of jobs,trust me the govt cannot just close zambeef without thinking of the social ramifications that will befall the employees….now this cannot be tolerated as LIFE is more precious than tax

  34. Kudya Nkusheta Party Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Suspend their trading Licences and do the investigations quicker

  35. George Reagan Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Let the govt move in the matter.Health should be respected as a priority.Thats nonsense!

  36. DukeFactor Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    this is bullshit..I’ve been eating Zambeef meat since I was born n that wasn’t yesterday. I would have been dead by now cause of all these chemicals but no!!. All these years and you decide to make such accusations this time? This government has got major issues and with all this rivalry among parties, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is one of the government’s scums to bring Hakainde Hichilema down and out of business..”One Zambia, One Nation” psssh as if

  37. lisa k Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Ewe, stop mentioning HH’s name. let the government shut all the outlets of Zambeef in Zambia.Health is more important than Money.

  38. Ibuncha Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Kwena ba Beef Zam mwanjipaya. i have a cold room of 500 tons meat shit i hope its not all embulmed coz muka ponoka over !!

  39. Besa Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm


  40. doiu Reply

    June 22, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    zambeef feeding the nation more like killing the nation

  41. Nyozani Reply

    June 24, 2013 at 11:14 am

    zambeef killing the nation but no more killing the nation just like no more love by marky 2 ,no more zambeef no more kashi uli kuluku no ati kutashi walanpaya zambeef pit the rich people especially the boss any will have more jobs

  42. mwiinga Reply

    June 24, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Zambeef should just close down on respect of human life which is so precious and should not start finding excuses to their wrong doing.God loves us as Zambians. Already some samles comfisicated are missing, just for them to try and destroy effidece.
    Ministry of health you must do your jobs to protect innocent poor zambians being fed condemed meat meant for ZOO wild animals.Zambians let us pray to God for good health and hornest in what we are doing for our country and ourselves.

  43. Billy M Reply

    June 25, 2013 at 9:28 am

    listen my friends do not be suprised of all these the Bible says that in the end times people will be lovers of money rather than lovers of GOD. all this is trying to increase income. And whoever is going to be bribed GOD is seeing all what is happening. I age everyone to be alet because worse things are still coming to harm the inocent but the Bible says the Just shall live by Faith.

    lets pray hard my friends not only for ourselves but even for those who may not be able to pray for themselves. We live by the grace of GOD its alot unclean things that we eat.

    may GOD help us AMEN.

  44. TJAY Reply

    June 25, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    see defination of aromatic aldehydes which was found in zambeef products and formaldehyde used to embalm bodies.

    maybe we just ignorant.

  45. P VAN TIZZY Reply

    June 26, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    U know what Zambians, sometimes i wonder why things happen the way they happen….it’s true that people you count on being their for you, are the same people in front trying to destroy you…..JEHOVAH OWNS LIFE….Hitler failed to wip out all the Jews

  46. Mpandamano Reply

    July 19, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Kopulande, what statement are you going issue today after killing innocent people with adehyde? Come on man, keep away from that evil CEO of Zamkilling. Zambian Courts of law expedite Zamkilling cases so that these serial killers can pay for their actions by condemning them to death by hanging until pronounced. These should in full of Zambians

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