According to a recent report by the Economic Times in India, market research firm Nielsen said in a survey that three-quarters of the LED bulbs sold in the Indian market do not meet the government’s consumer safety standards.
Based on a survey of 200 electronic retailers in major cities such as Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and New Delhi in July, the report found that some of the products were false and risky, with the discovery in the Indian capital New Delhi the largest number of fake products.
The report pointed out that the fake and unlicensed LED products not only posed a serious threat to organized and conforming market participants, but also detrimental to the implementation of key government plans. For example, the “made in India” program aims to establish a more domestic Multi-manufacturing enterprises.
In August, the Indian Bureau of Standards (BIS) has ordered LED manufacturers to register their products for safety inspection. Officials said India is tightening quality control over consumers and capital goods, calling for a halt to the import of cheap goods from China, given the diplomatic tensions in the two most populous nation-states on the planet.
The report also said that “fake products also affect the government’s tax revenue, while violating the ‘easy business’ business philosophy.” According to the survey, 48% of the LED bulb brands did not mention the manufacturer’s address, and 31% did not have the manufacturer’s name.