GNBS INSPECTORS SEIZE NON-CONFORMING CIGARETTES, SAFETY MATCHES AND DIAL SCALES DURING SURVEILLANCE EXERCISES

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Inspectors of the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) Product Compliance and Legal
Metrology Departments concurrently conducted surveillance exercises during the month of
April and May 2022 which have 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.

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

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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 2 and 6. 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 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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