WEEKLY UPDATE 19TH TO 23RD OCTOBER 2020

Top CODEX Body appoints Uganda CCAFRICA coordinator

Uganda has been appointed Coordinator for the Food and Agricultural Organisation / World Health Organisation (FAO/WHO) Coordinating Committee for Africa (CCAFRICA) for the period 2020 to 2022. The appointment was made by the top body in the CODEX structures, Codex Alimentarius Commission, during its ongoing 43rd meeting held through virtual means. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11411

UNBS cautions maize flour dealers against poor quality maize flour

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has cautioned all maize flour millers, suppliers, distributors and retailers, against dealing in poor quality maize flour. The caution was made during a UNBS online stakeholder engagement with Maize flour dealers on Tuesday. “Posho is a massively consumed product in many homes, it goes to prisons, hospitals and schools. Our children are now back to school, and main consumers of this product. These children survived COVID-19 but may end up being poisoned with Aflatoxins.” Said Daniel Arorwa, the Market Surveillance Manager at UNBS. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11428

UNBS reiterates call against sell of cosmetics banned in Uganda

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) reiterates its call against sell of cosmetics banned in Uganda. This follows routine inspections done by the UNBS officials from the market surveillance department who unearthed the sale of cosmetics containing Hydroquinone in Kyebando, a Kampala Suburb. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11422

Blue Brothers celebrate former UNBS Principal Accountant

The Blue Brothers of Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) on Friday celebrated long serving Principal Accountant, Dr. Mark Kayongo with a gift of a cow, worth close to two million shillings. The UNBS Executive Director, Dr. Ben Manyindo, handed over the gift to the celebrant. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11417

Advancement in Science and Technology and useful applications of Microbeam analysis

As early as 1930s developed countries had started using some microbeam analysis technology, not until early 1990s that the need for standardization and Metrology became necessary, as of now eighteen standards under a Technical Committee (TC) of International Organization for Standardization ( ISO/TC 202 Microbeam analysis), have been developed to cover terminologies, guidelines, methods for determination of different quantities and calibration of image magnification by using reference materials with periodic structures. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11435