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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Eastern Africa Grain Council trains millers on basic grain handling practices

UGANDA – Grain millers have received training from the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC), Makerere University, and the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) on basic grain handling practices that include avoiding aflatoxins. Eighty-five members of the Kisenyi Millers Association (KMA), one of the main millers who handle about 70% of the grain consumed by Kampala inhabitants, were the focus…

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UNBS commissions second food safety laboratory in Mbale City

UGANDA – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has opened its second food safety laboratory in Mbale City to provide Conformity Assessment and Quality Assurance of products manufactured in Eastern Uganda. This comes following the commissioning of the first laboratory in Gulu City in July 2022, to serve Northern Uganda, as part of the Bureau’s Strategic Plan to decentralize…

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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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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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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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