TBS destroys substandard goods worth 20m/-

27Jan 2016
Our Reporter
The Guardian
TBS destroys substandard goods worth 20m/-

The Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has destroyed various imported items worth 20m/- for failing to meet its quality benchmarks most of which were consumer goods whose use could harm life.

Roida Andusamile

Speaking in Dar es Salaam over the weekend at Pugu Kinyamwezi Dumpsite in Dar es Salaam, where did the destruction, Principal Public Relations Officer Roida Andusamile said the goods were confiscated at Dar es Salaam port last year.

The destroyed items included toothpaste, bath soaps, baby shower gels and pampers, which were all imported from China.

“As you know our organization has to make sure that people consume or use approved products, which cannot harm them hence we were compelled to destroy these goods after realizing that they were harmful,” she said.

Some of the goods had been provided as donation by an American organization to Tarime District Council in Mara Region.

Andusamile said mid and late last year, TBS officials conducted tests on the products at Dar Port and found that they did do not meet the required standards.

The Standards Act No. 2 of 2009 states that TBS is mandated to promote standards, and in doing so it cannot compromise quality. It empowers the agency to suspend production or importation of any goods which abuse procedures.

TBS quality assurance officer Salome Emmanuel called on importers to adhere to importation requirement. According to her, TBS will continue to invest in public awareness campaigns to educate the local marker on standardization matters.

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