Secondhand underwear is sold illegally at New Soweto Market in Lusaka. Traders refuse to have their faces shown for fear of getting in trouble with law enforcement. Prudence Phiri, GPJ Zambia
Secondhand underwear is sold illegally at New Soweto Market in Lusaka. Traders refuse to have their faces shown for fear of getting in trouble with law enforcement. Prudence Phiri, GPJ Zambia

Zambia’s standards agency said on Monday that it intends to test about 10,500 products this year as part of efforts to improve the standard of products on the market and cut off substandard products.

The Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) has urged manufacturers and importers to ensure that their products meet set standards as it will not allow the substandard products on the market.

“We are sure that if industry in general can prioritize product testing in 2017, then the country is on the right path to promoting trade not only at national level but also international level,'” Hazel Zulu, head of marketing and public relations at the standards agency said.

The standards agency, she said, tested 8,930 products last year, exceeding the targeted 7,600, representing a 22 percent increase.

According to her, the increase in the number of tested products was an indication that manufacturers and traders were appreciating product quality assurance was a business strategy that adds value to the development and growth of their enterprises.

She added that the agency will not relent in testing products because testing was important in order to assess and confirm product compliance to set standards. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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