The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has confiscated 583 boxes of substandard cotton earbuds.
The earbuds being sold under the brand name, Chico, were seized in Naivasha and Nyahururu for failing to meet the requirements of Kenya Standard KS 2245 that requires cotton earbuds to be made of a polyethylene stem that does not break when bent to 45º with fingers.
“Wood stick earbuds are a health and safety concern as they tend to break and splinter and may therefore injure the ear canal,” Kebs Managing Director Bernard Njiraini said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
In the sustained countrywide market surveillance, the quality watchdog also impounded hundreds of substandard non-woven carrier bags in Nyahururu that did not meet the labelling and branding prerequisite as outlined in Kenya Standard KNWA 2284 – non-woven polypropylene bags specification.
Knitting yarns manufactured by Brazilian Wool were also seized in Nakuru for non-compliance with Kenya Standard KS 496: Acrylic yarn specification.
The manufacturers have been instructed to withdraw their products from the market and undertake the necessary corrective actions before they can be allowed to sell the products to consumers, supermarkets, and retail outlets.
Njirani said Kebs would continue to monitor the effectiveness of quality control measures for products sold in the country through factory inspections, product certifications, market surveillance at the factory, and in markets to ensure that the public is protected from harmful products.
“As part of the product certification scheme, Kebs certifies and issues a Standardisation Mark (SM) permit or Diamond Mark of Quality once the product complies with the relevant Kenya Standard. Imports are also issued with a Unique Consignment Reference (UCR) number,” he added.