MORE THAN 96 PCT OF ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS SOLD IN POPULAR ACCRA SHOPPING DISTRICT ARE FAKE

ACCRA– Market surveillance conducted by the Ghana Standard Authority (GSA) has revealed that a shocking 96 per cent of electrical products sold at a p[opular shopping district in the capital are counterfeit goods which failed to meet standards.

The surveillance discovered that out of the 204 electrical products sampled for laboratory testing, more than 92 per cent of them failed to meet the GSA L.I. 1541 labelling requirements, the authority said here Monday, adding that all extension boards failed the critical parameters test and as well as general labellng requirements.

The checks also revealed that more than 94 per cent of footwear sampled failed to conform to standards, said Professor Alex Doodo, the GSA Director-General, who also disclosed that fake electrical products and footwear were seized.

Prof Doodo said out of all 127 footwear sampled in laboratory testing, more than 94 per cent failed to conform to standards, posing a serious threat to consumers.

He described the situation as a crisis, adding that the Authority would continue to embark on periodic surveillance to rid the market of such products.

According to Prof Doodo, the surveillance was part of the Authority’s improved efforts to check the proliferation of fake and sub-standard products on the market.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK