Rashid Eton, the UNBS Northern Region Administrative Officer, says that the operation was prompted by reports on the alleged sale of substandard, fake and uncertified products obtained by their surveillance team and complaints from consumers.
National Bureau of Standards –UNBS has seized 7,240 liters of local waragi from
Lira and Gulu Cities. The standards agency impounded the waragi alongside counterfeit goods during
monitoring of markets carried out joint by the UNBS Surveillance team and police.
other impounded items are 884 liters of unlabelled sunflower cooking oil,
95 kilograms of toilet tissue, 95 kilograms of cosmetics containing
hydroquinone and 12 trucks of maize flour, among others. The products were being sold in wholesale and retail
shops in the two cities as well as other selling points.
Rashid Eton, the UNBS Northern Region
Administrative Officer, says that the operation was prompted by reports
on the alleged sale of substandard, fake and uncertified
products obtained by their surveillance team and complaints from consumers. Eton revealed that the impounded items have been dispatched to the UNBS laboratory for analysis before
they take appropriate action.
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According to Eton, substandard goods have continued
flooding the Uganda market because some manufacturers start production without getting the necessary certification from UNBS while others simply evade the certification
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He appealed to the general public to be vigilant
about the kind of products sold to them, adding where they are suspicious, they should report to the UNBS for immediate action.
Alex Otema, a businessman and the Chairman of
Keyo Road Business Community in Gulu City, says that UNBS knows all the
factories manufacturing the fake products but have failed to act against the proprietors.
Otema also appealed to the UNBS to embark on massive
sensitization of the business community
across the country on how to identify and differentiate
between substandard, fake and uncertified products in a bid to save them from
incurring losses when the products are