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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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’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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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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Uganda declares 195 new standards compulsory

UGANDA – Uganda’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperative, has declared 195 new standards compulsory in accordance with the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) Act Cap 327, Section 18 (1) (a) and on recommendation of the National Standards Council (NSC). Out of the new 195 standards declared compulsory, 78 are in the chemicals and consumer products sector and 42…

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Uganda’s maize millers vow to comply with UNBS standards

UGANDA – Maize millers and other players along the value chain in Uganda have expressed commitment to comply with the mandatory standards of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS). The millers in Lango Sub-region made the pledge during a dialogue with UNBS officials at Lira City Council Hall. This comes after more than 25 maize milling plants in Lira…

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