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Thursday, 20 Apr 2017 17:42 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has launched a special import standardization mark to ensure goods coming into the country meet the set specifications. Speaking in Nakuru town during a media sensitization workshop, KEBS managing director Charles Ongwae said that the mark has 12 security features that make it difficult for unscrupulous businessmen to imitate. He said that there is only one source for the mark, making it impossible for fake marks to find their way into the products market.
The MD said that in order to expand testing capability in the country KEBS is in the process of establishing more laboratories in Kisumu, Eldoret and Kisumu. He noted that the move will reduce cost for traders who at the moment have to travel to Nairobi to have their products tested.
In order to further enhance testing capability, KEBS has through the standards market access programme – SMAP been able to receive funding to a tune of 3 million Euros from the European union where 80 percent has gone into purchasing equipment for Nairobi and Mombasa stations. The Kenya plant health inspectorate service – KEPHIS and the department of veterinary services- DVS have also received 9 million through the programme.
Consumers will also be able to interact with KEBS through a platform to be launched soon. Mr Ongwae said that through this plat form consumers will be able to supplement KEBS staff in market surveillance in order to ensure conformity with set standards.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County