Over 12,000 substandard electrical fittings, close to 5000 packets of illegal cigarettes destroyed – Guyana Times
Following a series of nationwide mandatory inspections, the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) on Tuesday seized and destroyed a quantity of cigarettes, electrical fittings and equipment, and safety matches that failed to comply with its standards.
From January to date, inspectors seized 12,670 electrical fittings and equipment, including lamp holders, wires, cables, circuit breakers, panel boards, extension cords, power outlets, and plugs.
“The GNBS is mandated by the Tobacco Control Act of 2017 and our responsibility is to ensure proper labelling of those products. We would have found some illicit cigarettes on the market through our surveillance exercises and when we find those illegal cigarettes, we seize them immediately. So, you’re not given any grace period to address it because it’s illegal,” Troyer added.
“The importers, dealers, and manufacturers of these products are required to register annually with the GNBS. We will guide you through the process of registration and we will sensitise you to the requirements of the standards. So, when you go to make a purchase overseas or even locally, you are aware of the requirements of the GNBS so you can make informed choices in doing so,” Troyer said.
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