NAFDAC nabs producers of unwholesome food products

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has arrested eight suspects in Niger State for allegedly producing unwholesome ice cream, yoghurt, and bread. Mr. Shaba Mohammed, Director of the agency’s North Central Zone made this statement following an agency surveillance in the state’s Suleja region. “During our surveillance in Suleja today, we discovered a…

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Millers protest as UNBS shuts down grain milling facilities in Masaka

UGANDA – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has closed down about 25 grain milling facilities in the Masaka region due to non-compliance with standards, a move that has left the millers with a bitter taste in their mouths. The affected maize plants are in Bukomansimbi, Kyotera, Kalungu, and Masaka districts, where the proprietors were found operating without certification…

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Study shows how feedback loop between media, politics, science hinders the adoption of GMOs

UGANDA – Researchers from South Africa and Uganda have shown how the feedback loop between the media, politics, foreign influence, and science hinders the adoption of GMOs and how governance concerns have a greater impact on Uganda’s agricultural industry than scientific ones. When introducing new technologies like GMOs, socio-cultural factors are crucial. Similarly, major players in the adoption process play…

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Uganda’s government proposes legislation to crack down on sellers of phony seeds

UGANDA – The government has stated that it intends to pass legislation to help the nation combat the growing problem of market-available bogus seeds. The bill, which is now in the drafting process, will make it more expensive to trade in counterfeit seeds in the nation, according to Alex Bamboona, Assistant Commissioner for the Agriculture Ministry responsible for Food and…

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UNBS outlines paths traders can take to clear imported products

UGANDA – As part of the Pre export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) initiative, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has outlined four paths that traders can take to clear products before they are delivered to the Ugandan market. The routes have been given the names Route A, Route B, Route C, and Route D, according to information from the…

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UNBS’ Microbiology Laboratory recognized for “Excellence in its Testing Services”

UGANDA – The Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Cooperatives has recognized the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) Microbiology Laboratory for Excellence in its Testing Services in Uganda. The Certificate of Award was presented to UNBS at the Africa Industrialization Day Celebrations recently held at the Kampala Serena Hotel.  The UNBS Microbiology Laboratory is accredited to international standards ISO 17025…

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CCAFRICA reappoints Uganda as coordinator for Codex activities in Africa for 2022-2024

UGANDA – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations/World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) Coordinating Committee for Africa (CCAFRICA) has reappointed Uganda, through the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), as its Coordinator for the year 2022 to 2024. This comes after the (2020–2022) term, which was successfully completed and included hosting the 24th CCAFRICA meeting in Kampala in September…

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Uganda’s animal feeds industry watchdog seeks to regulate sector to up quality

UGANDA – Uganda Animal Feed Manufacturers Association (UGAFMA), the umbrella organization for animal feed producers, has begun a campaign to rid the industry of quacks by requiring all dealers to adhere to certain standards. Members of UGAFMA met with representatives from the Ministries of Agriculture and Trade to discuss enforcing standards in their industry earlier in the week. “As players…

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UNBS issues free certification to over 500 MSMEs

UGANDA – Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has granted free product certification (Q-Mark) to over 500 Micro-Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) that are producing over 700 Products across various sectors.  The Executive Director of UNBS, Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru, claims that this is a component of the Bureau’s interventions to reduce the cost of product certification as one of…

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UNBS translates standards into local languages to simplify use

UGANDA – In order to make food standards easier for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) to adopt and implement, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), with assistance from Advance Afrika under the Action for Livelihood Enhancement in Northern Uganda (ALENU) Project, has simplified food standards into user-friendly guidelines (MSMEs). The easy-to-use awareness materials, which have been translated into…

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