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UNBS Breaks Closed Maize Mills :: Uganda Radionetwork
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UNBS Breaks Closed Maize Mills

By close of the day's exercise, 19 mills were sealed off out of the 27 inspected. Most of these were sealed off due to poor hygiene, non-registration and working below the required standards.
03 Nov 2021 18:38
UNBS Staff Cutting a Chain on One of The Closed Mills

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Uganda National Bureau of Standards -UNBS staff have broken padlocks on numerous closed mills in Nateete to gain access and assess for quality.

On UNBS' second day of enforcing the quality of maize flour produced in the country, millers in Nateete operation area on learning about the exercise closed their plants and took off.

UNBS started the enforcement exercise last week in the areas of Jinja and Luweero where they sealed off usome 49 milling plants on the first day of the exercise. Many of the culprits have started complying.

Victoria Namutebi Wamala. the UNBS spokes person says to this enforcement exercise is after a nationwide sensitization drive to all millers on what is expected of them to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of their business.

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Most millers in Nateete closed their plants and ran away from the enforcement teams. The UNBS enforcement team on the exercise was welcomed by padlocks on a number of mills which prompted the break-in.

  Sarah Nantongo the surveillance team leader, says breaking into these mills was necessary because all millers were sensitized and informed of what the standards are and so close their mills is a clear sign that they are not compliant. Additionally, when going in for such exercises, UNBS informs the association members.

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  During the mills breaking, police and the local council leadership were called in to witness the activity and also receive the notices on behalf of the hiding millers. 

   

Asadu Ssemakula the publicity secretary Nateete central “A”  as the local leader who witnessed the breaking says the millers are very lazy as UNBS has sensitized them for quite a lot of time. 

"It is very disappointing to find that many have not complied and rather decided to run away," he said. "As a leader am also disturbed by this behavior. "

By close of the day's exercise, 19 mills were sealed off out of the 27 inspected. Most of these were sealed off due to poor hygiene, non-registration and working below the required standards.  

Sarah Nantongo says the process and requirements are not insurmountable, but many millers don’t even want to attempt implementing them.  

However, there are some millers who complied with the guidelines.

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Owners of these sealed mills are expected to report to UNBS offices not exceeding 7 days to present their case and be guided on what to do next depending on their conduct.

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