By Regina Manyara
Expired foodstuffs, unbranded sugar, rice, margarine and expired baby diapers are among substandard goods that have been destroyed by the Kenya Bureau of Standards.
The goods had been impounded from various locations in the country and were valued at 30 million shillings.
Over the past few years data collected by the Kenya Bureau of Standards through market surveillance and quality assurance reveals that significant volumes of imports especially those that enter the country illegally are counterfeits and substandard.
The Kenya Bureau of Standards has been destroying substandard goods, having destroyed goods worth Ksh. 50 million last year.
State Department for Investment and Industry Principal Secretary Julius Korir says the goods that were destroyed did not meet the required Kenya standards and warned unscrupulous dealers that KEBs will intensify scrutiny of imported goods in the country.
KEBs Managing Director Charles Ongwae has called on Kenyans to be vigilant when purchasing any product by ensuring the products bear the KEBS mark of quality.
Statistics indicate that majority of consumers’ decide to buy or not to buy a product mainly based on the price and not the quality and safety of the product.
As such Ongwae urged Kenyans when in doubt to make use of the SMS code service of 20023 to verify if a product has been certified by KEBS.