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June 20, 2018

Kebs targets insiders in probe into fake stickers

Kenya Bureau of Standards stickers seized from traders dealing in counterfeit sugar at Eastleigh, Nairobi, June 13, 2018. /COURTESY
Kenya Bureau of Standards stickers seized from traders dealing in counterfeit sugar at Eastleigh, Nairobi, June 13, 2018. /COURTESY

Kenya Bureau of Standards has launched investigations INTO allegations that all fake Import Standardisation Mark stickers are made within its premises.

Speaking in a press briefing on Wednesday, National Standards Council chairperson Mugambi Imanyara said the outcome of the investigations will give the next cause of action.

"We wish to assure Kenyans that the products certified by KEBS are safe and that KEBS is committed to its mandate of protecting the consumers against harmful products, protecting the environment and also facilitating trade.

Imanyara was responding to allegations published in a local daily, confirmed by the director of criminal investigations George Kinoti that the fake stickers are not made in down-town but inside KEBS.

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According to KEBS managing director Charles Ongwae, they have set down a series of measures to ensure no illicit goods enter the country.

For instance, goods that enter the country without a Certificate of Conformity will be subjected to 100 per cent inspection on the point of entry.

"Cargo passing through Eldoret Airport, used clothes and shoes will also be subjected to 100 per cent inspection," Ongwae said.

While at it, imported goods are subjected to pre-export verification of conformity programme.

The programme requires goods to be inspected at the country of origin. This means that the testing is done at the country of origin before they are exported to Kenya.

About 10 per cent of the imports are subjected to destination inspection and 90 per cent of the imports go through the pre-export verification of conformity testing and inspection programme.

Regular sampling and testing is done on PVoC covered products to cross-check the performance of KEBS inspection agents.

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