The Universal Prophylactic PVT Ltd from India, manufacturers of the condoms at the centre of Honey Bee controversy, has said the test results from World Health Organisation (WHO) Certified laboratories based in India show the disputed condoms supplied to Zambia met WHO standards, which is contrary to the test done by a laboratory in Zambia by the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS), which is not recognised by WHO.

In a letter to Honey Bee, the Indian firm said the test in Zambia was done by a laboratory that is not certified by WHO and challenged the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) for an external independent test at a laboratory of their choice.

“We are ready to send the control samples of the same batches for external testing purposes as per your suggested testing laboratory,” read part of their letter.

In a letter dated Thursday, 14th January 2021 sent to Honey Bee, the Indian firm has also disputed the allegations put by the Zambia Medicine Regulatory Authority on the Latex Examination Gloves.

The company which exports to more than 40 countries and has been doing business with Zambia for 20 years said the test done by ZABS remains highly questionable as to whether the WHO protocols were followed.