Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) on Friday destroyed 1.5 tonnes of substandard goods confiscated in Blantyre.
MBS director of quality assurance services Steve Kamuloni said the goodsâ€”which included cosmetics, food stuffs, methylated spirits, toilet papers â€”were worth K4 million (about $13 333).
â€Some of the products pose a health risk while others are substandard and not worth the money consumers pay for them,â€ said Kamuloni.
According to him, MBS is planning to open a toll-free line where consumers can blow the whistle on shops selling substandard or expired goods. Currently, they conduct market surveys to purge the goods.
â€Consumers live in the townships where these health risk and insecure goods are sold. We are thinking of putting rewards for tip-offs. It is a consumer right to buy proper goods,â€ said Kamuloni.Â