SANAS renews Uganda National Bureau of Standards’ accreditation

UGANDA – The South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) has renewed the Uganda National Bureau of Standards’ (UNBS’) accreditation to provide International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Management Systems Certification. The SANAS accreditation renewal gives UNBS international credibility to provide certification services to organizations for ISO 22000 Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) and ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems (QMS). According to…

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Ugandan traders, law enforcement agencies join hands to fight counterfeit products

UGANDA – Law enforcement agencies and government bodies have been backed up by other key stakeholders in the trading and manufacturing industry in the  fight against illicit and counterfeit products on the Ugandan market. These include Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL), Unilever Uganda Limited, British American Tobacco (BAT), Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA), Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), Uganda Police and Uganda…

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Uganda launches standards to facilitate safety, commercialization of edible insects

UGANDA – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) in partnership with Makerere University School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio-Systems Engineering (Food Science) alongside International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), have launched standards to govern the budding edible insects industry. The Edible Insects Standard, US 2146:2020 Edible Insects–Specification is aimed to ensure the edible insects which are…

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UNBS urges Kombucha manufacturers to adhere to set standards

UGANDA – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has urged all Kombucha manufacturers to diligently adhere to the recently issued standards for the manufacture, handling and trade of Kombucha. During a meeting with the manufacturers under the Uganda Kombucha Manufacturers (KOMAU), the UNBS Deputy Executive Director Patricia Bageine Ejalu cautioned the over 90 manufacturers against failure to control their…

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TradeMark East Africa boosts Uganda National Bureau of Standards’ laboratory testing capacity

UGANDA – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has received a boost in laboratory testing equipment donated by Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) with support from the Danish Government. The equipment worth USD 1,885,280  will enable UNBS to decentralize its laboratory testing services to its Regional Offices in Mbarara, Gulu and Mbale, hence take the testing services closer to…

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Uganda takes charge as new Coordinator of FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Africa

UGANDA – Uganda has taken over from Kenya as the new Coordinator for the Food and Agriculture Organization / World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) Coordinating Committee for Africa (CCAFRICA). CCAFRICA was established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) in 1972 with a mandate to exercise general coordination in the preparation of standards relating to the region of Africa. The CAC during…

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Uganda’s trade Committee orders UNBS to withdraw quality marks from substandard energy drinks

UGANDA – The Committee on Trade, Tourism and Industry has directed Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) to withdraw distinctive marks from energy drinks found to have violated standards. This is after the National Drug Authority (NDA) Executive Director, Dr David Nahamya presented to the committee findings of test samples on some carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks to ascertain caffeine…

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Uganda’s Parliament Committee set to pore over circulation of counterfeit goods

UGANDA – Uganda’s Parliament Committee on Trade, Tourism and Industry is set to investigate the circumstances surrounding the importation and selling of counterfeit goods on the Ugandan market, following a directive by the Deputy Speaker. The directive by Deputy Speaker Anita Among during a plenary sitting followed concerns by Buhweju County MP, Hon Francis Mwijukye. “We want to understand how…

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National Drug Authority Uganda suspends distribution of alcohol adulterated with Viagra

UGANDA – The National Drug Authority (NDA) of Uganda has suspended the production and distribution of alcoholic products sold under the brand name “Stronger Weekend” due to their Viagra content. According to NDA, Viagra, a drug for erectile dysfunction, is a highly restricted prescription-only medicine. Addressing journalists in Kampala, Dr James William Tamale, the NDA Head of Regional Offices, said…

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Pela Commodities install aflatoxin removal machine in Uganda

UGANDA – Uganda will soon be able to rid itself of the aflatoxin menace following plans by Pela Commodities Limited, a Ugandan company that buys, processes, packages and markets agricultural grain products, to install the country’s first Aflatoxin removal machine, TOXI-SCRUB in the coming weeks. Commenting on the latest development, the Pela Commodities General Manager, Isaiah Langa said Uganda’s grain…

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