The Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) has seized 50 measuring devices from the Stabroek and Bourda markets during a surveillance exercise and plans to intensify its campaign to remove the unapproved scales from shelves in an apparent crackdown on the device.
The GNBS said it moved in with the ranks of the Guyana Police Force to the markets where the use of the scales appears to be rampant.
The agency said for quite a while, it has been advising vendors and shopkeepers to desist from using the domestic dial scales, which were not designed for the rigors of commercial use.
“These scales easily become inaccurate and result in vendors selling short-weighed goods to consumers. The GNBS has encouraged vendors and shopkeepers to only use the recommended metric devices, which include the metric red equal arm scales and masses, metric platform scales, approved dial scales, and electronic scales. Approved scales can be purchased from hardware stores in the city and from business locations across the country,” the agency said in a statement.
In terms of the devices that are approved for commercial use, the GNBS wants vendors and shopkeepers, and other users of weighing and measuring devices to submit their devices to be stamped before the end of September.
Further, the GNBS also wants consumers to avoid making purchases from vendors and shopkeepers selling with unapproved devices.
The agency said to maintain the accuracy of measurements in commerce, it plans to expand its surveillance campaign for the rest of the year to seize and remove unverified and unapproved devices in use.