By Praise Alemekezeke
The Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) has taken a decisive action against several companies for non-compliance with Malawi standards.
A press statement issued by the Bureau on Tuesday and signed by its Director General, Bernard Thole announced withdrawal of quality compliance certificates and pre-permit approvals for five establishments.
MBS conducted continuous assessments which showed that the companies failed to meet minimum requirements as per MBS Certification Marks Regulations.
The affected companies are Sara Industries LTD which specialises in spirit liquor production, Maravi Bakery, Chilwa Investments which is engaged in the production of spirit liquor, KSVN Investments involved in the spirit liquor industry and Shore Rubber which manufactures plastic bags for food industry.
“According to MBS Certification Marks Regulations, withdrawal of quality compliance certificate and pre-permit approval from these facilities implies that they have been barred from using MBS quality mark of their products and any promotional materials. Furthermore, their products will not be allowed on the market until they address all gaps related to their production processes and MBS verifies that the gaps have indeed been addressed,” reads the statement in part.
Speaking to Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Tuesday, Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) Executive Director, Michael Kaiyatsa, commended MBS for the move saying it will ensure that the rights of consumers are protected.
The MBS has assured the public that it remains committed to upholding the standards of quality and safety in the marketplace.