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KEBS destroys substandard goods worth KES 20.7 million

17 February 2016, 09:39 Mike Munga

Nairobi - Kenya Bureau of Standards KEBS) on Tuesday destroyed substandard goods worth over KES 20.7 million nabbed during market surveillance and inspection in recent months.

The products ranging from medical appliances, electrical appliances, assorted food products, electronic household appliances, building materials among others were destroyed at EPZ Athi River.

KEBS Managing Director, Charles Ongwae who facilitated the destruction cautioned traders and manufacturers against dealing in substandard goods.

Ongwae also called Kenyan citizens to be vigilant when purchasing goods by using SMS code service 20023 to verify whether the products have been certified.

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He said the standards set are helping to facilitate trade, protect consumers from harmful and poor quality goods and protect environment.

"The more we destroy, the more they comply. We have seen more compliance where we destroy goods," he said.

Ongwae said majority of the goods are imported illegally and pass through informal channels to reach the market.

Last year in April, KEBS destroyed goods valued at KES 37 million, making the total value of substandard goods destroyed in the last 1 year over KES 57 million.

Owners of the goods pay the cost incurred in destroying them.

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