Jun 01, 2020

CAA halts sales of rebars by Ashok Steel Industries Featured

The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) today (01) suspended the sale of 14 tonnes of concrete reinforcing bars (rebars) at a warehouse in Hekitta, Wattala.

The warehouse is owned by the Indian company Ashok Steel Industries (Pvt) Ltd.

CAA officials suspended selling of these rebars on the suspicion that they are of inferior quality.

Internal sources of the CAA say that several samples obtained from the warehouse will also be handed over to the Standards Institute for inspection.

Earlier today, 'Sri Lanka Mirror' revealed that steel magnates - Ashok Steel Industries (Pvt) Ltd and IWW Steel Industries (Pvt.) Ltd have been engaged in fraudulent activities for years by producing rebars of inferior quality.

Today's inspection by the CAA was done after a group including the Chairman of the National Movement for the Protection of Consumer Rights - Ranjith Withanage, recently urged to look into the quality of these products.

Accordingly, IWW Steel Industries (Pvt.) Ltd, who are the  manufacturers of RS brand QST bars is to be inspected soon as well.

Meanwhile, it is reported that a group of consumers are planning to file a lawsuit seeking to revoke the SLS certification of these  two companies.

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