The Guyana National Bureau of Standards seized more than 150 unapproved dial scales during weights and measures surveillance visits at more than 1000 shops and retail outlets on the East Bank and East Coast of Demerara, and areas in Regions 2 and 6.
In a statement, the GNBS said its inspectors continued to encounter the widespread use of the Blue Dial scales despite numerous warnings by the GNBS to vendors and shopkeepers to desist from using the domestic scales in commercial trade.
Meanwhile, during an operation in the Corentyne area, GNBS Inspectors seized more than 107 cartons of cigarettes that do not meet the requirements of the National Standard under the Labelling of Tobacco Products” and the Tobacco Control Regulation of 2018.
During the exercises, GNBS Inspectors confiscated several brands of cigarettes, which were not labeled in English, while other packages did not include a pictorial warning as specified by the Tobacco Control Regulation.
The GNBS warned that its Inspectors will continue surveillance exercises across the country to remove substandard products and unapproved and unverified measuring instruments from retail trade to protect consumers.