Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) through Technical Committee 2/ Sub-committee 1 (TC2/SC1; Milk and Milk products) has begun the process of developing the ‘Bongo’ standard, prompted by the increased demand of the products on the market.
Globally known as cultured milk, the ‘Bongo’ standard was suggested by the East African Community and the meeting held at the UNBS headquarters in Bweyogerere was aimed at consulting the stakeholders from the dairy industry like Dairy Development Authority, Jesa Dairy, Brookside, Fresh Dairy, Academia from Makerere University, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Consent Uganda and others.
The standard will specify the requirements, sampling and test methods for Bongo.
Some of the suggestions made by stakeholders state that Bongo should;
- Be produced in hygienic conditions
- Be free from contaminants like heavy metal
- Be packaged in food grade materials which will safeguard the hygienic and nutritional qualities of the product.
- Labelled according to US EAC 38; stating the name of the product (brand name), name and physical address of the manufacturer, date of manufacture, country of origin, list of ingredients, expiry date.
The comments are to be forwarded to the East African Community for review, after which a draft standard will be made available to the public for comments.
Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is a statutory body responsible for developing and promoting standards, quality products and services to facilitate fair trade, promote local industries and protect consumers.