BUJUMBURA March 16th (ABP) – The Director General of the Burundian Bureau of Standardization and Quality Control (BBN), Prof. Séverin Sindayikengera, organized on Tuesday March 14, 2023, a press conference on the progress of the implementation of the decision to withdraw single-use packaging from the market and other issues related to the quality management of goods.
Prof. Sindayikengera indicated that this press conference was organized in order to show the position of the BBN vis-à-vis the resistance of users of single-use packaging to the deadline of February 26, 2023 given to remove those packaging at the market. Many words have been said, but in general, he added, it was found out that this decision has not been respected.
Reiterating his remarks, Mr. Sindayikengera asked all the actors concerned to chase away those bottles by the end of March. He reassured the users of those plastic bottles that they have started to approach the processing units of those bottles to produce bottles that do not have marks and labels. “These bottles will also be single-use and will return to these treatment units after use. So, no feeling, no compassion for these plastic bottles used twice to serve customers,” the BBN director general pointed out.
Regarding concerns about the return of ginger and banana wine-based drinks to the market, the Director General of BBN pointed out that those products have received certificates and authorization at the level of their ministry, through the management of quality of those drinks.
Prof. Séverin Sindayikengera took the opportunity to call on the administration to eradicate that problem of quality management, because, he explained, it is not the responsibility for the BBN only, but rather for everyone to protect consumer health.