Police, TBS remove tonnes of used underpants in Dar markets

17Sep 2018
The Guardian Reporter
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
Police, TBS remove tonnes of used underpants in Dar markets

POLICE officers in collaboration with officials of Tanzania Bureau of Standards have removed from a local market tonnes of used  and banned  underpants in an exercise that was carried out in Dar es Salaam.

Speaking during the exercise conducted last week at Tandika market, TBS Inspector  Simon Emmanuel said the used underpants were banned so many years ago.

He said they have removed from the Tandika market more than six bales of used underpants were being held by some petty traders.

He said already the government had banned importation of  said underpants, but still there are some untrustworthy businesspersons who had continued to do the business in  local markets.

He revealed that the underpants were not fit for human use because of various health risks.

He said the second-hand underwear business was contrary to TZS 758:2003 requirements on compulsory standards for inspection and acceptance criteria for used textile products.

“We would like to remind all people involved in the business of used garments that all used undergarments are not allowed to be imported and sold in the country due to health and safety reasons,” he noted.

The standard body issued three-month notice to all dealers, importers and sellers of second-hand innerwear such as socks, brassieres, vests, night dresses and camisoles to withdrawal from the local markets.

The TBS’s inspector disclosed that most of the second-hand clothes are illegally imported in the country because the authority had for a long time now managed to control its importation through the ports, and airports.

According to Emmanuel, the ongoing countrywide operation is sustainable. He appeals to all violators that once caught they would be charged under Section 27 of the Standards Act No 2 of 2009 and that their goods would be disposed of at owner’s cost.

He said: “Worse is that majority of us fail to interpret the meaning of undergarments---these include underwear, stockings (socks), night dresses,” he said.

 Speaking, secondhand trader at the Tandika market identified as Selemani Magila, said it was a good exercise urging officials from the standard watchdog to continue educating them.

Apart from education and awareness, he said TBS should  also improve security at all entry points to bar importation of  used underpants. 

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