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November 16, 2018

Sh24 million fake electronics, foodstuffs destroyed in Athi

Industrialisation CS Adan Mohamed and Anti-Counterfeit Agency executive director Elema Halake inspect counterfeit goods before their destruction at Envirosafe Limited in EPZ, Athi River, July 21, 2017 ./GEORGE OWITI
Industrialisation CS Adan Mohamed and Anti-Counterfeit Agency executive director Elema Halake inspect counterfeit goods before their destruction at Envirosafe Limited in EPZ, Athi River, July 21, 2017 ./GEORGE OWITI

Counterfeit goods worth Sh24 million were destroyed in Athi River on Friday.

The goods, including electronics, music equipment, phones, clothing, foodstuffs and industrial ball bearings, were burnt at EnvironSafe Limited in EPZ.

"The significance of this destruction and previous ones is to send a message to Kenyans and beyond the Kenyan border that as an agency, we are committed to protecting consumers against such goods," said Elema Hlake, executive director of the Anti-Counterfeit Authority.

He said the government loses billions annually as a result of counterfeit products.

"We will strengthen our collaborations with Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Intellectual Property Owners, consumers among other government agencies to succeed in eliminating counterfeit goods from the Kenyan market," he added.

Harris Kariuki, MD of Bearings brand owner SKF Kenya Limited, said Sh11 million worth of counterfeit industrial ball bearings were seized from various shops along Kirinyaga road in Nairobi.

"As a company, we have experienced problems as customers and traders don't know how to differentiate between fake and original goods."

He said counterfeit versions have a negative impact on users and can lead to road accidents when fitted on vehicles motorcyles and vehicles.

Kariuki said 50 per cent of local shops have counterfeit ball bearings "bought by mechanics repairing vehicles whose owners are not aware".

Read: Counterfeit Toyota, HP products worth Sh7 million intercepted at Mombasa port


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