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Afghan Ministry of Commerce on the hunt for identifying the importers of poor quality products

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Afghan Ministry of Commerce on the hunt for identifying the importers of poor quality products

afghan marketThe Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries has launched a survey of Kabul markets aimed at identifying the importers of substandard and expired products.

A commission body consisting of representatives from Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Commerce, Interior Ministry, Municipality, National Security, Afghan National Norms and Standards and Attorney General began survey of Tai Maskan Market yesterday in Kabul city.

After a series of tests, it was proven that a certain amount of unhealthy food and drink products were being sold in the market.

“The commission’s objective is to prevent the import and production of poor quality commercial and industrial products,” said Hafizullah Wali, Head of the commission body and Director of the Competition Promotion and Consumer Protection.

According to Mr. Wali, most of the harmful products contaminated with bacteria enter Afghan markets through Pakistan and China. These products lack expiry dates or any other standard labels.

“A number of such products are manufactured inside Afghanistan as well. These products include bubble gums, candies, and chocolates. We are in search of finding the wholesalers of these products and take legal actions against them.”

The commission body plans to launch awareness programs to educate shopkeepers on what kinds of products are permissible for sales in the market.

In addition to Tai Maskan, markets of Bagh Qazi and Mandawi are under surveillance of the commission body.

“After our survey we will prepare a list of the products that will be banned in the market. If the shopkeepers continued to sell these products, their shops would be shut down,” said Mr. Wali.

According to Ministry of Commerce and Industries, about 80% of economic activities in Afghanistan lack standard.

“The Ministry is making efforts to arrange procedures that would standardize economic activities in the country,” said Rassoul Karimi, an official from the Commerce and Industries Ministry.

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