The Star (Nairobi)

17 March 2014

Kenya: Traders Warned Over Quality of Goods Sold in Their Regions

Manufactures and trader in Eastern and North Eastern region who compromise on quality of products will face court action, the Kenya Bureau of Standards cautioned yesterday (Friday).

"KEBS will not shy away from prosecuting those who persist in compromising the quality of products especially those that negatively impact on safety, health and environment," cautioned the north Eastern Regional manager Charles Musee.

He said although his organisation would support and facilitate the manufacture, trade and use of quality products, it was the onus of manufacturers, traders and consumers to ensure the quality of products.

Musee said manufactures should get their systems certified to ISO 22000 on Food Safety, ISO 18000 on Safety and Health, ISO 14000 on Environment Management Systems and ISO 9001 on Quality Management Systems standards.

He made the remarks were contained in a speech read on his behalf by his deputy James Wainaina at a Kitui hotel during one day stakeholders' sensitisation workshop. Kitui deputy commissioner Samson Otieno Kwach opened the meeting on behalf of County Commissioner Moffat Kangi.

He said there was need to address compliance to standards especially on impact on safety, health and environment. He said quality assurance must be observed on products. He said adulteration and counterfeiting of products must also be eliminated.

Kangi lamented that of late the media has been awash with news of counterfeit products that have had hazardous consequences on people's health. He said illicit brews have led to loss of lives while Cancer has also been on the rise due to change in lifestyle which includes the products Kenyans consume.

"The Kenyan society and businesses will benefit when they consume quality goods and services. You are the major gate keepers stakeholders involved in the distribution and retail business thus you have a role to play in the quality of products offered for sale to consumers in this region," Kangi told traders..

He noted that the constitution spells out the rights of Consumers to goods and services of reasonable quality and to the information necessary for them to gain full benefit from goods and services. He said the rights are meant for the protection of their health, safety and economic interests of consumers.

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