According to a report published by the Trading Standards Institute earlier this month, trading standards budgets in England and Wales are being slashed by an average of 40%. With the scandal of horsemeat in the food chain still at the forefront of people's minds and the need to protect consumers from potentially dangerous counterfeit goods, trading standards is unlikely to be tackling the cheats in the cleaning and hygiene industry. Buyers of soft tissue and plastic refuse sacks need to turn to the CHSA Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Schemes to be certain they get what they pay for.
“There is a belief that trading standards is active in policing rogue traders, but with the scale of the budget cuts, now more than ever this is not the case,” said Stephen Harrison, chair of the CHSA. “Our accreditation schemes are now the only guarantee available to buyers of soft tissue products and plastic refuse sacks. Buying fully audited accredited product from CHSA members means they can be certain they are getting what they pay for, away from home paper products that match the stated dimensions and plastic refuse sacks that are fit for purpose.”
The Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Schemes guarantee three things:
• Consistency of supply: customers receive what they order;
• Accurate labelling: customers get what they pay for;
• Fully audited manufacturers: our standards, your guarantee.