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Standards make cities smarter
14th October , 2017 : Hits 76
14 October 2017 - Today, as World Standards Day is being celebrated, tribute is payed to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts world wide who develop voluntary technical agreements published as international standards. The focus this year is  sufficient fresh water, access to cleaner energy, the ability to travel efficiently from one point to another and a sense of safety and security. Modern cities are expected to provide these kind of promises in order to stay competitive and provide a decent quality of life to citizens...

Resolutions of the Codex Committee meeting on fresh fruits and vegetables
9th October , 2017 : Hits 102
Kampala, 6th, October 2017 – The Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CCFFV) hosted by the Government of Uganda together with the Government of Mexico attracted over 120 delegates from 43 countries. The meeting made progress in advancing standards for aubergines, kiwi fruits, and ware potatoes. The standards for fresh dates and garlic were differed for further review and discussions at the next Codex Committee meeting in Mexico. The meeting also proposed development of new international standards for yams, onions and shallots and berry fruits. The Executive Director, Uga..

Experts meet in Kampala to discuss standards for fresh fruits and vegetables
2nd October , 2017 : Hits 210
Kampala, 2nd October 2017 – Experts in food and agriculture sector are meeting in Kampala for a week to discuss standards for fresh fruits and vegetables including garlic, potatoes and eggplants, kiwi fruits and fresh dates.     The Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CCFFV) which is hosted by the Government of Uganda together with the Government of Mexico has attracted over 200 delegates from 50 countries. Speaking at the opening session of the meeting, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC), Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, said: “Alth..

NOTICE TO MANUFACTURERS, IMPORTERS, DISTRIBUTORS, CURRY POWDER RETAIL SHOPS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC ON USE AND SALE OF CURRY POWDER;
25th September , 2017 : Hits 291
BE AWARE OF CURRY POWDER ON MARKET NOT MEETING UGANDA STANDARDS; Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) a statutory body charged with responsibility of formulation and promotion of the use of standards; enforcing standards in protection of the public health and safety and the environment against dangerous and substandard products. UNBS together with the Uganda Curry powder Packers and Spice Producers’ Association (UCPSPA) an umbrella for all manufacturers of curry powder in Uganda notifies the general public about fake Curry Power sold on the market that does not to conform to Nat..

UNBS signs MoU with butchers to Improve quality of meat products
12th September , 2017 : Hits 330
Kampala, 12th September, 2017 – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kampala Butchers and Traders Association (KABUTA) to improve quality of meat products and ensure compliance to the food safety standards. The signing took place at UNBS Head Office between the UNBS Executive Director, Dr. Ben Manyindo and the KABUTA Chairman, Al Hajji Musa Ssenabulya. Dr. Manyindo said, “The MoU is good opportunity for UNBS to work with established industry association to coordinate the development of standards and codes of practice rel..

CODEX Meeting to discuss standards for fresh fruits and vegetables
30th August , 2017 : Hits 295
Kampala, August 29th, 2017 – Delegates from 187 countries are expected to meet in Kampala, from 2nd to 6th October, 2017 at Imperial Royale Hotel, to discuss standards for fresh fruits and vegetables including garlic, potatoes and eggplants, kiwi fruits and fresh dates. Over 200 delegates are expected to participate in the 20th Session of the Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CCFFV) which will be hosted by the Government of Uganda together with the Government of Mexico. As the custodian of national standards, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is coordinating..

UNBS confiscates confectioneries with altered expiry dates
25th August , 2017 : Hits 300
Kampala, August 24th, 2017 – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has confiscated 369 cartons of suspected expired confectioneries with altered expiry dates. The confectioneries worth Shs70 million were seized from a warehouse belonging to Luck Star Business Link in Ntinda Industrial area and the premises were sealed off, pending further investigations. The UNBS Deputy Executive Director in Charge of Compliance, Mr. John Paul Musimami said, “UNBS market surveillance team seized the suspected expired confectioneries in line with our mandate to protect the public from..

UNBS develops Standards for Motor Vehicle Inspection
3rd August , 2017 : Hits 454
Kampala, 3rd, August, 2017 – In an effort to promote standards and good practices in inspection of second hand motor vehicles for road worthiness, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has reviewed and updated a standard on motor vehicle inspection. The Standard was developed by the technical committee on Transport and Communications (UNBS/TC 8) and it specifies safety related performance characteristics of used motor vehicles and their inspection and testing for roadworthiness. The Standard (US845) is available on the UNBS website for public review and comments until 5th,..

UNBS destroys Sub-standard goods worth Shs 900 Million
26th July , 2017 : Hits 636
Kampala, July 25th, 2017 – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has intensified the fight against substandard products with destruction of goods worth Shs900 million at Luweero Industries in Nakasongola. The destruction of goods follows country wide seizures carried out by the UNBS Market Surveillance team and the Criminal Investigations Department of the Uganda Police Force. The destroyed goods were mainly substandard products which included food stuffs, baby powdered milk, cement, sanitary towels, cosmetics, electronics, steel and steel products, among others. Accord..

APPEAL TO ALL IMPORTERS TO EMBRACE PRE-EXPORT VERIFICATION OF CONFORMITY (PVoC)
18th July , 2017 : Hits 491
It has come to the attention of UNBS management that some importers are not adhering to the Pre Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) Standards Program. The PVoC Program requires that all imported products are inspected against to set Uganda Standards in the country of export before being shipped to Uganda WHETHER FOR SALE, PRIVATE/PERSONAL USE OR DONATIONS. The inspection covers all categories of goods as provided for in the UNBS Import Inspection and Clearance Regulations 2015. Failure to undertake PVOC attracts a 15% CIF penalty in addition to undertaking payment for laboratory fees a..