The move comes after the Uganda National Drug Authority (NDA) said in a letter dated 28 December that it had tested samples from a bottle of Natural Power SX after a consumer complained of constant sweating and an erection lasting nearly six hours.
NDA claimed their test revealed the drink contained sildenafil citrate used to treat erectile dysfunction.
The drink manufacturers, Revin Zambia Limited have questioned the logic behind the government directive orchestrated by an ‘unverified claim of a foreign regulatory body when the Zambia Bureau of Standards had certified the product safe for consumption.
In a joint statement, the Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority, the Ndola City Council and the Zambia Bureau of Standards said they had commenced testing of the product and will make their findings public soon.
“Officers from the three institutions are on the ground to collect samples of the raw materials and of the finished product for analytical tests that will determine if there is any truth to the claims being made.
In Uganda, authorities have begun to impound the energy drink.