The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has appealed to all maize millers to adhere to the Maize Flour standards ahead of the June 2021 ultimatum that will see all uncertified maize flour dealers dealt with according to the law.
The appeal was made during a UNBS stakeholder engagement with Masanafu maize millers on Wednesday.
The UNBS Principal Certification Officer, Ronald Ahimbisibwe, emphasized the need for proper hygiene at the Masanafu maize milling premises and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) by employees at work, as required by the standards.
Ahimbisibwe also encouraged the millers to enrol for UNBS certification before the June 2021 ultimatum catches up with them.
The maize millers, who were grateful for the engagement, agreed to the non-conformities in their businesses and accepted to take corrective action.
They however called for more sensitizations to enlighten them more about the maize flour standards, requirements and the UNBS certification.
The June 2021 ultimatum issued by UNBS to have all maize flour millers certified, follows recent UNBS operations on maize milling companies in different parts of the country, that found many maize millers and distributors operating in unhygienic conditions.
The maize millers and distributors were also found without the necessary quality control measures required to ensure quality during the production process which contravenes standards requirements and could result in contamination of the flour and pose a risk to public health.
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is committed to developing, promoting, and enforcing standards in protection of Health and Safety of the public and the Environment well as facilitating Fair trade and Competition.