Firm: 'We’re not to blame for illegal products'
NAIROBI, KENYA: An Indian firm contracted by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) for supply of secure import standardisation mark stickers and stamps has denied reports of engaging in shoddy work leading to proliferation of fake products in the market.Madras Security Printers now says fake standardisation strikers allegedly being used in the market did not originate from their firm. Reacting to reports of a scheme by unscrupulous traders to evade quality checks by Kebs, the firm maintained stickers it manufactures are in line with tender specifications. In a press statement yesterday, the company said it is ready to work with investigative agencies to identify perpetrators of copied marks.
SEE ALSO :Cut flower output at riskThe firm maintained it had provided additional security features on product stickers above the tender requirements and that the source of the fake stickers should be investigated and prompt action taken. "In our opinion, rather than target the genuine manufacturer, the DCI and DPP should focus on identifying the perpetrators of the fake marks. The real culprits are roaming free," it said. "All Import Standardization Marks (ISM) are made as per the specifications in the tender. Fakes may be present in the market but they do not originate from us. Consumers should authenticate the overt security features on the marks such as the country map of Kenya which changes colour from black to green," the firm added. "We fully deny the allegations," said Madras Senior Manager Ramachandran Natarajan. The official said they had invested and setup their encoding centre inside Kebs premises so that the process can be monitored and controlled by Kebs.