All you need to know about the Standard for Bushera

All you need to know about the Standard for Bushera

Bushera is one of the common traditional fermented beverage originally produced in Southwestern Uganda. Today, the beverage is consumed by all age groups, and is used as both a weaning food and a thirst-quenching drink all over Uganda.

Initially produced at household level, Bushera has now become a key commercial product. But did you know that it has standards?

The Uganda Standards; US 871:2011, Malted cereal beverages — Specification and US 872:2011, Fermented (non-alcoholic) cereal beverages — Specification lay down the requirements and methods of sampling and test for malted cereal beverages and fermented (non-alcoholic) cereal beverages.

The standards state that;

  • Raw materials like cereal grains or grain products used in the production of the malt beverage or fermented (non-alcoholic) beverage shall be clean and sound and in every way fit for use in the preparation of a product for human consumption.
  • Malted or Fermented (non-alcoholic) cereal beverages shall be practically free from off-odours and off-flavours when judged using the normal sensory tests.
  • Malted or fermented (non-alcoholic) cereal beverages shall be practically free from filth (impurities of animal origin, including dead insects) when judged using the normal senses.
  • Malted or Fermented (non-alcoholic) cereal beverages shall be practically free from objectionable matter.
  • The appearance and consistency of the malted or fermented (non-alcoholic) cereal beverages shall be uniform and characteristic of the product.
  • Nutrients including vitamins, minerals and specific amino acids may be added to malted or fermented (non-alcoholic) cereal beverages in conformity with the requirements stipulated in national legislation.
  • The product shall be free from heavy metals in amounts which may represent a hazard to human health.
  • The product shall comply with those maximum residue limits established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission for this product.
  • The product shall comply with those maximum mycotoxin limits established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission for this product.

More detailed requirements for the Malted or Fermented (non-alcoholic) cereal beverages can be found in the Uganda Standard US 871:2011 and US 872:2011 respectively, at the UNBS Information Resource Centre or online at: https://webstore.unbs.go.ug/