The Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) has challenged consumers in the country to refrain from buying expired goods even if they are sold at reduced prices as doing so defeats the whole purpose of standardization.
MBS Board Chairperson Mussa Chiwaula said stopping from buying such products is one of the practical ways of sending the right message to manufacturers and traders to stick to the standards that they guarantee they would conform to.
Chiwalula observed that if consumers speak with the much needed action selling of poor quality goods on the market would definitely be the thing of the past in the country.
“Unfortunately, we consumers are in the fore front to buy products that are expired or are about to expire just because prices have been reduced to clear.
“We do not even check dates that depict packing, expiry when shopping but it is high time consumers in the country changed their mind set by accepting nothing but quality products,” Chiwaula said.
The Board Chair assured the nation of continued checks and balances in the industry along with other stakeholders so that Malawians get a good deal form the industry.
The Malawi Police Service, the Competition and Fair Trade Commission and the Consumers Association of Malawi are some of the organizations that partners with the Malawi Bureau of Standards in enforcement exercises on the standards of products and related issues in the country.
The chair was speaking in Blantyre this week during at an of certificates to some new companies and others who were getting renew certificates after meeting the country’s standard requirements.