Halaal water manufacturer charged for illegal use of UNBS Quality Mark

The Standards court has convicted Jjunju Musa, the proprietor of Halaal Water and Beverages Company for manufacturing for sale, substandard packaged mineral water and using the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) Quality mark illegally contrary to the UNBS Act as amended 2013.

Following a joint operation between UNBS and KCCA, Halaal Water and Beverages Company in Old Kampala was found producing packaged mineral water in unhygienic conditions contrary to Uganda Standard US 28:2002, Code of practice for hygiene in the food and drink manufacturing industry. In addition, the water bottles were found with a UNBS Quality mark yet they are not certified. As a result, the premises were sealed off and a case opened against Musa.

While the case was ongoing, the manufacturer broke into the sealed premises and tampered with evidence. He was arrested and produced in court where he was remanded to Luzira prison for further hearing.

Musa was subsequently sentenced to three years imprisonment for contravening the standard and a maximum sentence of seven years for tampering with evidence or pay a fine of up to Shs30 million. The case was adjourned to 29th January 2020.

Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is a statutory body responsible for enforcing standards to protect the health and safety of consumers and the environment against dangerous and sub-standard products.

See related story here; blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=10968