Measures in place to avert Sub standard goods in market,says KEBS

KEBS-300x177By Pristone Mambili

Kenya Bureau of standards-KEBS has impounded Sub-standard goods worth more than Shs 30 million in the last six months.

This is according to KEBS director of quality assurance and standards Erick Chesire who says that most of the impounded goods include metals, wire mesh serviettes and tissue papers.

Chesire was speaking during a consultative meeting between KEBS and Business stakeholders in Nakuru town on Friday.

“Following successful raids, KEBS has also successfully prosecuted offenders most of whom have been fined. Cross boarder surveillance has been intensified especially in Uganda and Tanzania in order to ensure only standard goods gain access to the country” said Chesire.

The KEBS Director added that testing facilities have also been set up in strategic boarder points to ensure conformity with the set standards.

While reaffirming KEBS’ commitment to ensuring the quality of goods consumed in the country, Chesire called don members of the public to be on the lookout in order to report those who trade in sub standard goods.

Director in charge of standards development and trade at KEBS Charles Gachahi said issues of conformity assessment and standards have proven as a major challenge to business people hence the need to continually engage them through such forums.

“KEBS has initiated an SMS plat form through which consumers can be able to check conformity of all products in the market. As an extra measure to ensure quality delivery of service, traders can now be able to purchase a standard on line using the KEBS web store especially for innovative products” he said.

Similar engagements will be held in various parts of the country.

 

Story first published at The Nakuru Daily

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