The Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) Product Compliance Department has destroyed 290 cases (290,000 packs) of imported cigarettes in Lethem.
The “US Mild1” branded cigarettes were imported by a city businessman.
The brand of cigarettes is prohibited from being sold here in Guyana.
“After a prolonged period of storage, a decision was taken by the distributor in conjunction with the GNBS to destroy the item,” the GNBS said in a statement.
In light of the seizure and destruction, the GNBS is urging importers and dealers of cigarettes to become familiar with the Tobacco Regulations to ensure imported cigarettes are fully in compliance at the time of importation.
“The GNBS monitors the labelling and quality of products to ensure consumer protection. In addition to Cigarettes, the National Standards Body monitors Domestic Electrical/Electronic Appliances, Weighing and Measuring Devices, Textiles, Garments, Footwear, Safety Helmets, Safety Matches, New and Used Tyres, Gas Stoves, Electrical Equipment and fittings, PVC Pipes, Furniture, Christmas tree and Decorative Lighting Outfits, Cellular Phones and Gold Jewellery,” The organization reminded.
According to the GNBS, its inspectors will remain vigilant to ensure there is not a prevalence of noncomplying cigarettes on sale in the city and other outlying areas.