Vodka manufacturer charged for illegal use of UNBS quality mark

The Standards court has charged David Ochieng, the proprietor of Parambot Distillers (U) Ltd the manufacturer of Royal Vodka for using the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) Quality mark illegally contrary to the UNBS Act as amended 2013.

Ochieng appeared before the magistrate in the Standards and Utilities court where the charges were read to him and he pleaded guilty.

During a market surveillance inspection, Parambot Distillers was found producing Royal Vodka with a UNBS Quality mark affixed on the bottles yet the company’s certification permit expired in September 2012. As a result, the premises were sealed off and a case opened against the proprietor.

If convicted, Ochieng faces a prison sentence of up to three years or a minimum fine of 10 million shillings. The case was adjourned for sentencing.

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.