GNBS seizes cigarettes, safety matches & dial scales

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Inspectors of the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) Product Compliance and Legal Metrology Departments conducted surveillance exercises during the month of April and May 2022 which resulted in the seizure of large quantities of non-complying products and unapproved dial scales from retail trade.

“Impromptu surveillance visits to several retailers in the Port Mourant Corentyne Berbice area resulted in the seizure of more than 107 cartons (1071 packets) of cigarettes which do not meet the requirements of the National Standard “GYS 9-3:2014 Labelling of Tobacco Products” and the Tobacco Control Regulation of 2018,” a press release from GNBS noted on Wednesday.

Unapproved Dial scales that were seized (Photo: GNBS)

During the exercises, GNBS inspectors confiscated several brands of cigarettes, which were not labelled in English, while other packages did not include a pictorial warning as specified by the Tobacco Control Regulation.

The seized brands include Atlanta, Elegance Premium, Oris, Pine Sky 7, Djarum Black and Record. Additionally, more than 1200 boxes of ‘King’ safety matches were also seized and removed for failure to meet the requirements of the National Standard, the GNBS revealed.

Collectively, the matches and cigarettes will be destroyed as the GNBS targets other retail outlets during its ongoing surveillance exercises.

Meanwhile, more than 150 unapproved Blue Dial scales were seized during weights and measures surveillance visits conducted by GNBS Inspectors to just over 1000 premises (shops, markets and other retail outlets) on the East Bank and East Coast of Demerara, and areas in Regions Two and Six.

“Inspectors continued to encounter the widespread use of the Blue Dial scales despite numerous warnings by the GNBS to vendors and shopkeepers to desist from using the domestic scales in commercial trade,” the release explained.

The GNBS inspectors will continue surveillance exercises across the country to remove substandard products and unapproved and unverified measuring instruments from retail trade to protect consumers.

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