GNBS seizes, destroys over 5,000 substandard electrical fittings


Inspectors of the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) Product Compliance Department on Friday destroyed more than 5000 pieces of substandard electrical fittings seized from businesses.

A statement from the GNBS stated that these fittings were seized during the months of May and June 2022.

The poor quality and improperly labelled items were discovered and confiscated during the ongoing countrywide surveillance activities to rid the marketplace of products monitored by the GNBS, that do not meet the requirements of the respective National Standards.

Many of the seized items were held for the stipulated 21-day period as the GNBS awaited the submission of test certificates by importers and dealers attesting to their quality.

These stakeholders failed to submit valid test certificates which prompted the destruction and disposal of the products.

The destroyed items include extension cords, lamp holders, receptacles, power strips, cables, electrical breakers, and plugs.

Nevertheless, the Bureau stated that it will continue to aggressively monitor the 17 categories of products falling under its purview to ensure adherence to quality and labelling requirements.

Importers and dealers are urged to understand and adhere to the requirements for products imported and offered for sale to ensure compliance and consumer safety.