Kebs: All products must bear quality mark

Published on 02/03/2009

By John Oyuke

All products entering the local market must now bear Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) standardisation mark.

Kebs says goods on supermarket shelves or shops without the mark will remain until they are sold. Photo: Stafford Ondego/Standard

This follows the expiry Sunday of the deadline requiring that all manufacturers and importers apply the mark on local and specified imported products.

Kebs Managing Director Kioko Mang’eli said all new local products must subscribe to the standardisation mark, while certain imported products must bear the import mark.

He, however, said goods on supermarket shelves or any retail outlets without the mark would remain until they are sold.

“Products on the shelves without the mark shall be treated as dead stock, their inventory taken by Kebs and allowed to sell to exhaustion,” he said in a statement.

The imported products referred to, for the time being, are food, electronics, infant ware and toys.

Marking difficulties

Mr Mang’eli said any product(s) that might have unique marking difficulties would be discussed with stakeholders and representative bodies.

“Kebs is freely discussing with sectors or owners of products with unique marking difficulties like where to place the mark, size, individual items or the packages,” he said.

He said Kebs has certified more than 3,000 products, while a number of others were still undergoing the approval process.

Issuance of the standard mark on local products and specified imported products is based on the data of applicants certificates of conformity and the bar code on products.

Any mark on a product that is not traceable to Kebs would be traced backwards to the suppliers/owners after which criminal charges would be instituted.

The bureau said in a public notice that its officers who would at all times carry identification cards to enforce the mark.

It added that pharmaceutical and pesticide products would, however, be exempted from the standardisation mark requirements.

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