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Cement manufactured by Great Lakes Company (GLC) does not meet standards, according to BBN


Sep 20, 2023

BUJUMBURA September 19th (ABP) – The Director General of the Burundian Bureau of Standardization and Quality Control (BBN), Mr. Séverin Sindayikengera hosted a press conference on Monday, September 18, 2023, to discuss the daily activities of market surveillance.

According to him, the Chinese company Great Lakes Company (GLC), which manufactures cement in the DRC, falsified the results analyzed by the OBUHA laboratory. “He is playing with the lives of the Burundian population, because this cement does not meet standards, which will cause the houses to collapse. » He stressed that this company has already supplied a lot of stocks to Burundian traders, adding that the BBN has taken the decision to suspend the collaboration of that company with Burundian traders. The general director of BBN took that opportunity to recommend to all traders who place orders with that company to stop.

Concerning the use of recovery bottles, which is very common in the country, Mr. Sindayikengera specified that measures to stop the use of these bottles will be taken.

He called on traders not to use those bottles again in order to respect BBN standards and protect the lives of the people.

The Director General of the BBN returned to alcoholic beverages that many consider being harmful to the health of consumers such as Karibu, Whiskey and so on. He noted that BBN analyzes show that those drinks are in good standards. The problem is that consumers take those drinks on an empty stomach. He indicated that they are planning a meeting of traders who manufacture or sell these drinks so that they can educate consumers on how to consume them.


He also returned to the washing of goods with gutter water, especially foods such as vegetables and fruits, and asked that this practice be stopped. The BBN has already started procedures so that those people can abandon that dangerous practice for the lives of consumers.