During a recent surveillance exercise at the main city markets, Inspectors of the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) have seized and removed more than fifty dial scales which were not approved for commercial trade. This exercise was conducted at the Stabroek and Bourda markets, a release from the GNBS today said.
These domestic dial scales, which were not designed for the rigors of commercial usage, easily become inaccurate and results in vendors selling short weighted goods to consumers, the GNBS noted.
The GNBS has been over the years encouraging vendors and shopkeepers to use only the recommended metric devices which include the metric red equal arm scales and masses, metric platform scales, approved dial scales and electronic scales.
In addition, the Bureau has been using the various media to repeatedly advise consumers to avoid making purchases from persons selling with the unapproved devices. These sensitization efforts will be magnified in the coming days, the body announced.
“Further, the GNBS is cautioning vendors and shopkeepers to desist from using unapproved and unverified devices in the conduct of commercial trade. Failure to adhere to this warning could result in persecution. Hostile vendors and shopkeepers who obstruct Inspectors of the GNBS from executing their duties would also be prosecuted”, the release added.
So far for this year, more than 500 unapproved scales were seized and removed from markets and other retail outlets countrywide by Inspectors of the GNBS.