Thirty Companies Granted Standards Mark Licences

Thirty companies, including 10 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have been granted with licences to use the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) standards mark of quality on their products.

Thirty companies, including 10 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have been granted with licences to use the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) standards mark of quality on their products.

The licences were granted during a function that took place at TBS headquarters in Dar es Salaam recently, presided over by the TBS Director General, Mr. Charles Ekelege.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Ekelege said TBS is doing its best to get away with substandard products and make sure that Tanzania is not turned into a dumpsite for low standards products.

The Director General encouraged more companies to make sure they pass their products to TBS as required by the law, adding that for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) the process is being done free of charge. He cautioned that TBS will never compromise quality for whatever reasons.

Mr. Ekelege promised that TBS will strive to safeguard the Tanzania market by ensuring that substandard products from abroad will not be allowed to enter in the local market.

“We already have border offices in Horohoro (Tanga), at Tanga Port, in Namanga (Arusha) and in Sirari (Mara) in order to ensure that no substandard products enters Tanzania through formal entry points,’’ insisted Mr. Ekelege. He added that TBS will soon be launching the Pre-shipment Verification of Conformity to Standards (PVoC) programme which will be the ultimate solution of imported substandard products in the local market.

The Director General commended the manufacturers who were presented with standards mark licences and tested products certificates for the efforts they made which enabled them to be certified by TBS and also urged them to abide by the standards against which their products have been certified. He said the painstaking quality audits they went through were necessary to ensure the quality of their products.

The manufacturers granted with TBS mark licences (their products in brackets) were Beekeeping Development (T) Ltd. of Arusha (Honey), Alko Vintages Co. Ltd. of Dodoma (Fortified wine) Balaji Thermoware (2009) Ltd. of Dar es Salaam (Ball point pens, Diplomat and Omega), Muwa Trading (T) Ltd. of Tanga (Wood power transmission poles), Princeware Africa Ltd. of Dar es Salaam (Insulated coolers) and Mwesigwa Industries and Company Ltd. of Mpanda, Rukwa (Rosella wine).

Others were Al Hatimy Enterprises Ltd. of Dar es Salaam (Domestic switches and energy saving lamps), NM Tropical Power (T) Ltd. of Dar es Salaam (switches, Tropical brand), East Africa Co. Ltd. of Dar es Salaam (dry cells, 777 brand), Kimoraly Investment of Arusha (Banana wine), Konectt Wires and Cables Ltd. of Dar es Salaam (PVC insulated cables), St. Gasper College of Morogoro (Mozzarella cheese) Klin Soaps and Detergents Ltd. of Dar es Salaam (Detergent powder) and Mufindi Spring Water of Mufindi, Iringa (Drinking water, Mufindi brand).

Others manufacturers granted with licences were Monaban Trading and Farming Co. Ltd. of Arusha (Wheat flour), Chang Qing International Investment Co. Ltd. of Dar es Salaam (Gaseous oxygen, technical grade), Musoma Fish Processors Ltd. of Musoma (Fish fillets), Manota Modern Bakery of Arusha (White bread), Neelkam Lime Ltd. of Tanga (Hydrated lime), Tanzania Steel Pipes of Dar es Salaam (Steel pipes), Presidents Food and Beverage International Ltd. of Dar es Salaam (Chilled and frozen meat) The Organic Vallley Company of Dar es Salaam (Afya and Boresha sunflower oil)  Shinyanga Tambi Producers of Shinyanga (Spaghetti) Star Beverage (T) Ltd. of Dar es Salaam (Flash gin and Double punch potable spirit) and Cefa Njombe Milk Factory of Njombe (Provolone cheese).

The manufacturer granted with tested product certificate was Prop (T) Ltd while Serengeti Instant Coffee had their standards mark licence extended to cover instant coffee sachets.