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KEBS said the campaign aimed at sensitizing traders and consumers on the hazards of sub-standard fast moving consumer goods like food, textiles, cosmetics and electrical products.

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“As the festive season approaches, we have commenced sensitization campaigns against sub-standard consumer products targeting small scale traders and the public in Nairobi and major towns across the country,” said the Managing Director, Kenya Bureau of Standards, Charles Ongwae.

He spoke in the Nairobi’s Eastleigh Suburb where the Standards body organized a public forum to educate entrepreneurs on globally recognized quality standards on major consumer goods.

The bustling Eastleigh suburb has grappled with an influx of counterfeit goods ranging from pharmaceutical products, textiles, food and beverage.

Ongwae said the government has fast-tracked enactment of new policies and legislation to deter an influx of sub-standard goods that pose grave health and environmental risks.

“We have strengthened vigilance at all ports of entry to ensure goods entering the Kenyan are of high standards. A partnership with key stakeholders is crucial to alleviate the menace of counterfeit goods,” said Ongwae.

He added that enforcement of quality standards on consumer goods will encourage fair competition and promote growth of local manufacturing sector.

“The latest exercise to sensitize traders and consumers on sub-standard goods was inspired by the need to inculcate fair competition while promoting Kenyan brands,” Ongwae told reporters.

Kenya’s standard body has invested in state of the art equipment alongside personnel to strengthen inspection of consumer goods entering the market.

Ongwae revealed that a market surveillance team has been formed to monitor products entering the Kenyan market in order to ensure they conform to technical standards pertaining to environmental safety and hygiene. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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