Monday, October 29, 2007

SABS warns consumers of Panda stoves

Marthe van der Wolf
29 October 2007

The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is warning consumers not to buy non-pressure paraffin stoves sold under the name 'Panda'. These stoves have been produced by Tao Ying Metal.

According to the SABS, the stoves of the company do not comply with the requirements of the Compulsory Specification.

"The Tao Ying Metal stoves do not meet the safety, health and environmental standards," says executive director of SABS Moses Moeletsi.

The stoves company had been warned several times not to sell these paraffin stoves. They are one of the major causes of fire hazard in the shacks and in rural communities. The sorts of fires displaces many communities and puts residents at a further disadvantage each year.

As the company had failed to apply the corrective measures, the SABS will take legal action against them to protect consumers.

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