THE Fair Competition Commission (FCC) has seized and destroyed 24 tonnes of counterfeit goods worth 854m/- to save the general public from fake goods.
Destroying the impounded goods at an area outside the city in Dar es Salaam yesterday, FCC Communications and Public Relations Officer, Frank Mdimi said the sub-standard goods were seized during the ongoing operations carried out by the commission.
“Most of the impounded goods are HP toners that were seized in the city after we received a number of complaints from citizens complaining about the quality of the products,” he noted. 4According to him, other goods that were also destroyed include six cartons of earphones, ink, 110 cartons of cartridges, eight cartons of empty toners, five cartons of glue stick, 13 generators, 130 cartons of shoe polish and 11,580 pieces of spark plugs. Mr Mdimi warned unfaithful business people to stop supplying into the market counterfeit goods, saying they will be apprehended any time.
“If they have not been arrested or spotted yet, they should not think that we will not get them or that they are safe, because they are not safe at all. They may survive today but tomorrow we will catch them,” he warned.
The commission spokesperson, however, reminded citizens to buy goods from authorised dealers to be on the safe side from unfaithful business people who are selling fake goods.
Moreover, citizens are advised to contact the commission if they notice substandard goods in the market, adding that they must ask for receipts when buying goods. Last month, the commission seized a consignment of fake HP, Cannon and Kyotera printer ink. Four Chinese nationals were also arrested in connection with the counterfeit ink consignment.
FCC conducted a four-month investigation into the fake ink following complaints from users who were buying it from various shops.
“We called the real producers of the type of ink in question whose headquarters offices are in Nairobi to help in ascertaining the product ... we then followed the trail from the shop owners to the culprits who were doing the packaging and distribution of the fake ink,” explained the commission Acting Director of Consumer Protection and Anti- Counterfeit, Godfrey Gabriel.