Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has visited 376 industries in 19 regions in Tanzania as part of its efforts to ensure that all local production abides by national standards.
This was revealed by TBS Director, Mr. Charles Ekelege, during a function to grant standards mark licences to manufacturers whose products have recently been certified against relevant Tanzania standards.
He said during the financial year 2009/2010, TBS set an objective of visiting industries in all regions of Mainland Tanzania and that to date the Bureau has already visited 19 regions. He said only Mara and Mwanza regions are yet to be visited but will be visited before the end of the year 2009/2010.
He told manufacturers who had been granted with licences to use the TBS standards mark of quality on their products that they have received the licences at an opportune time as from July 1, 2010 the East African Common Market will be officially operating.
He, however, warned them not to abuse the mark, but instead, abide by quality requirements to protect Tanzania’s reputation in international business.
“We have legal powers which we can use against defaulters but we believe that you will abide by the quality requirements against which your products have been certified, for your own good and for the good of the nation,” insisted Mr. Ekelege.
Overall, 22 products were certified whereas three standards mark licences were extended. The manufacturers who received standards mark licences were Dosi Ltd. of Arusha in respect of Mozzarella cheese and salted and unsalted butter, Niwoshe Ltd. of Dar es Salaam (Disinfectant, Super Pinex), Dan & Associates Enterprises Ltd. of Mbinga (Roasted & ground coffee), Nyasa Solution Co. Ltd. of Songea (Jatropha and Mgoda herbal soaps, Pine disinfectant and Laundry soap) and Nyankanga Wid Wine of Musoma in respect of mixed fruit jam.
Others were Nronga Women Diary Cooperative Society of Moshi (Yoghurt), 92 Cycles & Hardware Ltd. of Makambako, Njombe (Maize Flour), Usafi ni Afya (T) Ltd. of Dar es Salaam (Swan detergent powder), Kishen Enterprises Ltd. of Dar es Salaam (Motorcycles - two & three wheeled), Super Sip Ltd. of Dar es Salaam (carbonated soft drinks), Tanzania Brush Products Ltd. of Dar es Salaam (Hard brush) and Kilimanjaro Natural Food Cooperative of Moshi (Fruit wine).
Other manufacturers were Autozone Ltd. of Dar es Salaam (Road vehicle number plates), Sign Industries Ltd. of Dar es Salaam (Road vehicle number plates), WEFOP of Arusha (Peanut butter), New Boogaloo Ltd. of Arusha (Maize Flour), Arusha Aggregates Ltd. of Arusha (Concrete bricks and blocks) and Urambo Super Mill of Urambo (Sunflower seed oil).
The three companies whose licences were extended for new products were Tanga Cement Co. Ltd. of Tanga (Cement), Global Beverages (T) Ltd. of Dar es Salaam (Champion and Sport Star potable spirits) and Yakilila Food Products of Bukoba (Kagera White, Kagera Rose and Banana Brands fruits wines).