Guyana’s National Bureau of Standards destroyed more than 5,000 non-compliant electrical installations that were seized from businesses during May and early June.
According to the GNBS, shoddy and mislabeled items have been discovered and confiscated during ongoing surveillance activities across the country to rid the market of substandard products.
Items destroyed include extension cords, lamp sockets, outlets, power strips, cables, circuit breakers and outlets.
The agency targets companies 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) day period while GNBS awaited the submission of test certificates by importers and dealers attesting to their quality. These stakeholders did not submit of valid test certificates, which resulted in the destruction and disposal of the products,” the GNBS said.
According to the standards body, controlling products through inspections at ports of entry and points of sale remains crucial to ensure user safety and value for money.
The Bureau has stated that it will continue to actively monitor the seventeen (17) product categories under its jurisdiction to ensure compliance with quality and labeling requirements.
The agency warned importers and resellers to understand and follow the requirements for products imported and offered for sale to ensure compliance and consumer safety.