The Guyana National Bureau of Standards has destroyed over 5000 substandard electrical fittings which were seized from businesses during the month of May and in early June.
According to the GNBS, poor quality and improperly labeled items were discovered and confiscated during the ongoing countrywide surveillance activities to rid the marketplace of substandard products.
The destroyed items include extension cords, lamp holders, receptacles, power strips, cables, electrical breakers, and plugs.
The agency has been targeting businesses that sell products that do not meet the requirements of the respective national standards.
“Many of the seized items were held for the stipulated twenty-one (21) days period as the GNBS awaited the submission of test certificates by importers and dealers attesting to their quality. These stakeholders failed to submit valid test certificates which prompted the destruction and disposal of the products”, the GNBS said.
According to the standards body, the monitoring of products through inspections at the ports of entry, and sale outlets remain crucial to ensuring user safety and value for money.
The Bureau said it will continue to aggressively monitor the seventeen (17) categories of products falling under its purview to ensure adherence to quality and labeling requirements.
The agency has warned importers and dealers to understand and adhere to the requirements for products imported and offered for sale to ensure compliance and consumer safety.