Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

26 June 2014

Tanzania: TBS Warns Arusha Steel Mills Over Substandard Products

Arusha — THE Tanzania Bureau of Standards has issued stern warning to all Arusha-based steel mills after reports started floating here that some are churning out substandard products.

The TBS Inspector Incharge of Standards, Mr Joseph Mwaipaja, said that following incidences of collapsing buildings and bridges in the country, all manufacturers and importers of heat-rolled concrete reinforcement steel bars should make sure they produce quality products for the safety of buildings and people who rely on such products.

The TBS Inspector issued the directive when the state watchdog team was inspecting an Arusha-based Bansal Steel Rolling Mill located near Kisongo area. He said manufacturers need to be aware of quality requirements on what they produce.

"TBS remained vigilant on this and will ensure that all the products meet standards," he said, adding that TBS is carrying out a campaign against all those who don't comply with standards. Mr Mwaipaja asked manufacturers to inculcate a habit of testing their products regularly to maintain standards.

"I urge businessmen to put priority on human beings rather than money," the official said, calling the public to chip-in the fight against counterfeits.

He, however, said that the impromptu inspection is held at the factory to ensure that what they produce is in line with TBS requirements.

"But, we came to learn that there are some shortfalls as some steel bars have too much carbon content, something which is not good as it makes them easily break," he said, calling the Bansal Steel Rolling Mill Ltd to work on the shortfalls before continuing with mass production.

TBS lawyer, Mr Baptister Bitaho said it is the responsibility of manufacturers to meet the set standards.

"TBS is not there to close down some industries, but rather to make sure that buyers and consumers get quality products," Bitaho said, noting that the standard's watchdog is there to protect consumers.

The Executive Director of Steel Rolling Mill, Mr Gurmail Singh, said his plant is still new as it started six months ago and was working hard to ensure the produced bars meet the required standards.

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