PELA Commodities finalizes installation of Uganda’s first Aflatoxin removal machine

UGANDA – PELA Commodities, a Ugandan company that buys, processes, packages and markets agricultural grain products, is set to commence operations after finalizing the installation of Uganda’s first Aflatoxin removal machine, TOXI-SCRUB. The machine was created by Eye-Grain, and Perry Engineering Ltd, a certified TOXI-SCRUB system reseller, delivered it together with the grain handling equipment. It was set up by…

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Tanzania picks up tips on Codex work, food safety standards from Uganda

UGANDA/TANZANIA – Uganda’s National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), which also serves as the CCAFRICA Coordinator, has completed a four-day session of twinning and mentoring on Codex Activities between Tanzania and Uganda. The twinning agreement’s goal is to reinforce member nations’ capacity and effectiveness in managing Codex activities, particularly with regard to chairing electronic working groups and hosting and co-hosting Codex…

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24th Codex CCAFRICA meeting underway in Uganda

UGANDA – Over 250 representatives from 49 African nations and other international partners are attending a week-long hybrid conference in Uganda to examine strategies for enhancing food safety throughout the continent. Uganda currently serves as the Coordinator and Chair of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/World Health Organization (WHO) CODEX Alimentarius Commission, Coordinating Committee for Africa (CCAFRICA). Earlier in the…

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Consumers in Uganda die after consuming toxic alcoholic drink

UGANDA – At least 17 people have perished and several others hospitalized after consuming toxic liquor from a roadside kiosk in Northern Uganda. According to the Head of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards, the victims in the city of Arua had consumed a local gin named City 5 that contained methanol – a poisonous form of alcohol sometimes used…

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UNBS inaugurates new National Standards Council

UGANDA – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has launched a new Board, the 9th National Standards Council (NSC), to stump out the prevalence of counterfeit products in the country. The UNBS annual report 2020/2021 states that products worth more than Shs2.5b (USD 643,870.75) were destroyed due to non-conformance to standards. Addressing the audience at the swearing-in ceremony of…

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Grain Council of Uganda seeks ban of ungraded maize export

UGANDA – The Grain Council of Uganda has asked government to immediately ban the export of ungraded maize, whose trading has increased due to demand pressures across the East African region. Mr. Henry Musisi, Acting Executive Director, Grain Council of Uganda, said the export of ungraded maize presents a number of challenges, which include distortion of quality and pricing and…

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Uganda National Bureau of Standards opens new food safety lab in Northern Region

UGANDA – As part of its decentralization initiatives, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has opened a food safety testing laboratory for the Northern Region based in Gulu. The Minister of State for Industry, David Bahati, hailed the bureau’s initiative of decentralizing its services to the regional offices saying it will back the government’s industrialization agenda. He noted that…

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Uganda National Bureau of Standards trains manufacturers on standards implementation

UGANDA – Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has for the very first time hosted a practical training for manufacturers in the food and beverage sector, on the implementation of standards. The training, which was conducted in a factory setting at Negonja Organics Ltd, was focused on the importance of standards in the food sector, its impact on fair trade…

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Uganda embarks on fight against Aflatoxins as part of World Food Safety Day

UGANDA – The Government of Uganda, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) and Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), have embarked on a campaign to fight against the high Aflatoxin levels in food stuffs, to promote consumption of safe food in the country. The campaign is in collaboration with the Grain Council Uganda (TGCU), Uganda National…

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Consumers in Uganda urged to watch out for unscrupulous traders

UGANDA – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has cautioned the public against deceptive traders who are taking advantage of the unstable commodity prices to swindle them. The Bureau is concerned that many consumers are already falling victims to unscrupulous traders who are taking advantage of rising commodity prices in the country to either overcharge or manipulate the quantity…

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