Major project commences in Rwanda and Uganda with US$800,000 investment to enhance food safety

RWANDA/UGANDA —A pioneering pilot project has been launched in Rwanda and Uganda to enhance food safety outcomes and trade in East Africa. The project, driven by a multi-sectoral approach (MSA), aims to provide stakeholders with assurance regarding the reliability, security, and trustworthiness of food products and services. With an estimated budget of US$888,456, the initiative is funded by the Standards…

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UNBS takes regional laboratory to Western region

UGANDA – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) with support from the Danish government has opened a 3rd Food Safety Testing Laboratory for the Western Region based in Mbarara City.  To make sure that they fulfill the minimum quality standards before being put on the market, the Regional Food Safety Laboratories will offer conformity assessment services to Businesses and…

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FAO leads evaluation of national food control system in Uganda

UGANDA – Uganda has become the latest beneficiary of the Food and Agriculture’s (FAO’s) “Strengthening of Capacities and Governance in Food and Phytosanitary Control,” project. The 5-million-euro project funded by the European Union is set to provide technical support and work with Competent Authorities and other leading institutions in 12 countries that are Members of the African Union (AU) to…

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Uganda creates new Agency to oversee plant, animal health

UGANDA – A new organization tasked with monitoring the quality of agricultural and veterinary health inputs has been established after the Ugandan Cabinet approved the proposed changes to the National Drug Policy and Authority Act, a role formerly under the National Drug Authority (NDA). This decision was taken following a Ministry of Health request to make modifications to the law,…

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UNBS urges schools to purchase quality grains

UGANDA – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is urging educational institutions like schools to reject grain products from suppliers that don’t adhere to the necessary standards. According to UNBS, doing so will force the millers to adhere to production standards and, in the end, make Uganda’s products marketable both locally and abroad. The market for grain products, Uganda’s…

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ARSO trains regional experts on standard harmonization processes to boost Intra-African trade

UGANDA – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) in conjunction with the African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO) have trained over 60 experts across the African continent on standards harmonization to boost the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The three days training was held under the theme “The Standards we want – African Union Agenda 2063 and African Continental…

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Illicit alcohol production booms in Uganda, grabs 65% market share

UGANDA – According to the Uganda Alcohol Industry Association, approximately 65% of alcoholic beverage producers in Uganda are not registered, which not only causes the government to lose a significant amount of tax money but also puts consumers’ health at risk. The Corporate Relations Director of Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL), Ms. Juliana Kaggwa, stated at a public-private sector conversation on…

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Uganda National Bureau of Standards to sensitize stakeholders on use of food additives

UGANDA – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has commenced the enforcement of standards on food additives in response to recent claims on the use of dangerous chemicals added to food. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines food additives as substances that are added to food to maintain or improve the safety, freshness, taste, texture, or appearance of food…

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UNBS extends agreement with Intertek for its Pre-Export Verification of Conformity to Standards Programme 

UGANDA – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has extended its agreement with Intertek, a leading provider of Total Quality Assurance to industries around the world, to continue managing its Pre-Export Verification of Conformity to Standards Programme (PVoC) for exports to the nation. The program checks the compliance of all regulated goods in each exporting country across a number…

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National Agricultural Research Organization finds grains in Uganda laden with 10 times more aflatoxin

UGANDA – Scientists at the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) have found that maize, sorghum, and groundnuts in Uganda have aflatoxin concentrations that are 10 times or greater than the safety level advised by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to Dr. Godfrey Asea, the Director of Research at the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI), grains they looked at…

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