Manufacturers have improve on labelling and packaging certification

By
Morkporkpor Anku, GNA

Accra, Oct. 3, GNA –
Mr. Kwasi Owusu Boadu, Director in Charge of Inspectorate Directory at the
Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), on Tuesday said labelling and packaging
certification among manufacturers and businesses in the country has improved.

He said currently, “we
have been meeting a number of export requirement from the international
community, where most of our goods and products are accepted”.

Mr Boadu was speaking
at a Joint workshop on Standards and Labelling requirement organised by the GSA
in collaboration with the GS1 Ghana in Accra.

The workshop was to
give an in-depth education on standardization, certification and labelling to
help stakeholders in the standards and packaging industries improve compliance
and boost their businesses.

He said Standards were
very important in the life of any successful business, since they increase
efficiency and cut costs making it easier for manufacturers to do effective
business.

He said
standardisation was also critical for imports and exports, hence manufacturers
must take a keen interest in ensuring that their products meet the required
standards.

Mr Boadu said when a
product was manufactured, the manufacturer wants to communicate the value of
the product to the customers and it was the labelling on the product that they
use.

He said businesses
were now seeing the importance to labelling and packaging, adding that these
helps in the promotion of trade and also grows the economy.

He said: “As a
producer, your willingness to accept and act on your responsibility and
obligation to have your products undergo product certification equates to your
regard for the integrity and value of your company”.

He called on consumers
to be vigilant when purchasing goods and products for their consumption, adding
that product certification allows consumers to purchase quality goods for the
right price.

Mr. Kofi Essuman the
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GS1 Ghana said countries thrive on trade and
the only way to penetrate the international market was to conform to standards
to enable businesses to compete favourably.

He said manufacturers
and businesses needed to look at their packaging strategies that would draw
consumers to their products.

He called on consumers
to raise alarm, anytime they come across any sub-standard products on the
market.

He said package of goods
needs labelling and that the language on the package should be in a language
that could be read and understood by the consumers easily.

“Labelling is critical
for the consumer to know what is being sold to them and what they are buying,”
he added.

He urged businesses to
adapt to the technological change to be relevant in the market to help them
facilitate trade.

GNA

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