Weekly Update 20th to 24th January 2020

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. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11091

UNBS employees cautioned against corruption

Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) employees have been cautioned against corruption tendencies as they go about their work.

“Gratification of even 20,000/= is criminal. Gifts above 5 currency points (100,000/=) must be declared.” Said Martin Imalingat, the Manager in charge of Certification at UNBS. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11097

UNBS develops standard for supermarkets

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has started the development of a Quality Management standard for supermarkets.

The standard provides guidance and tools for companies and organizations who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer’s requirements, and that quality is consistently improved. It will support supermarkets to meet legal and regulatory requirements, reduce operating costs and improve productivity and maximise competitive advantage. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11083

UNBS intensifies mandatory standards enforcement

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has intensified mandatory standards enforcement in bakeries. In the ongoing operations, UNBS inspected 82 bakeries and found 38 complying to standards while 44 were non complaint, prompting UNBS to seal off their bakery mixers.

These include; Mega Standard Supermarket (Burton Street), Capital Shoppers Supermaket (Ntinda and  Nakawa branches), Tuskys supermarket (Ntinda and Nansana branches), S&S Supermarket at Nkumba Close, Outlet bakery at Freedom City, https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11094

Good hygiene practices for bakeries to safeguard consumer health

The media has been awash with news of major supermarket bakeries being sealed off by Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS).  Supermarkets have turned to producing their own pastries within their premises which is a largely profitable venture.

However, market surveillance inspections have unearthed gross misconduct, dirty flour mixers, storage containers, mixing stations and floors. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11087