KENYA STEPS UP WAR ON SUB-STANDARD GOODS

NAIROBI, Feb 17 (NNN-KBC) — The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KESB) is stepping up its fight against sub-standard goods in the country.

Through market surveillance and inspection, the KEBS has netted and destroyed sub-standard goods valued at more than 20.7 million shillings (about 203,000 US dollars) recently and on Tuesday, it incinerated the sub-standard goods at the Athi River Export Processing Zone (EPZ) near here.

The seized goods ranged from medical appliances, electrical appliances, electronic household appliances and equipment to building materials and motor-cycle inner tubes among others.

In April last year, the KEBS destroyed goods valued at 37 million shillings, bringing a total of 57.7 million shillings in sub-standard goods destroyed in the last 11 months.

KEBS Managing Director Charles Ongwae warned traders and manufacturers of such products and urged Kenyans to be vigilant when purchasing any goods and always to check for the KEBS mark of quality.

Source: KBC