Consumer Watch: Kebs Raises Axe Against Counterfeit Products

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Quality certification agency, Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has introduced stringent measures to curb proliferation of substandard goods including food stuffs into the Kenyan market.

The watchdog body has embarked on aggressive market surveillance targeting high risk products that will ensure that imported goods meet the required international standards.

Business Daily reveals that the agency has seized and destroyed several substandard food and non-food items in the fight against counterfeit products.

Kebs Managing Director Charles Ongwae said they “have acquired additional equipment to enhance testing and calibration of capacity for Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) and breathe analyzers.”

He said Kebs has impounded 220 kilograms of substandard rice and 770 kilograms of fake sugar in its routine market surveillance.

“We have been targeting food products traded by Chinese supermarkets due to non-compliance in marketing and corrective actions have been implemented,” said Mr Ong’wae.