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UNBS seizes used undergarments.
24th April , 2017 : Hits 93
April 24, 2017, Kampala Uganda. UNBS has an obligation to protect public’s health and safety to ensure that consumers get quality products that match the value for their money. This is achieved through formulation and implementation of Standards for both locally manufactured and imported products for the Ugandan market. On 19th April 2017, the UNBS Market Surveillance team together with the Police CID staff seized two bales of used undergarments including ladies’ panties and brassieres sold by Good Wish Industries Ltd along Kafumbe Mukasa Road, Kisenyi Parish, Kampala Central Di..

Press Statement :  UNBS seizes sub-standard Agricultural Inputs.
11th April , 2017 : Hits 153
April 11th, 2017, Kampala Uganda. UNBS has an obligation to protect the health and safety of the public against harmful imported and locally made products. This is achieved through formulation, implementation and enforcement of Standards. On the 15th November 2016, UNBS undertook an inspection at Panyahululu CO.LTD during which samples of hoes (B. Cock brand), Machetes (jewel brand) and shovels were obtained for laboratory analysis to determine compliance to the relevant standards. Upon receipt of the laboratory test results, it was established that the samples of items did not meet the ..

MINISTRY OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND COOPERATIVES (MTIC) AND UNBS SENSITIZE BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN NTUNGAMO DISTRICT.
7th April , 2017 : Hits 137
April 7, 2017, Kampala Uganda. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC) in collaboration with UNBS organized a half day sensitization workshop for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSEMs) on Quality and Standards in the Western district of Ntungamo at the Ankole Resort and Spa on Friday April 7th 2017. This workshop brought together the business community mainly MSMEs, wholesale and retail business owners in Ntungamo and neighboring districts. These were sensitized on the UNBS Certification process and benefits, and the necessity of adhering to the required standards an..

The Fuel Marking and Quality Monitoring Program 2017
27th March , 2017 : Hits 134
The Fuel Marking and Quality Monitoring Program (FMP) implemented under a cooperative arrangement between UNBS and Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) is a government program designed to control and monitor the quality of petroleum products in the entire supply chain in Uganda. This year, the FMP sensitization drive was held in Mbarara Town from 13th March to 17th March 2017. The one week long activity was officially opened by the Assistant Commissioner- Petroleum Supply Department (MEMD), Mr. John Friday with a half day workshop  that was held at Lake View Resort Hotel. ..

Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives launches Buy Uganda Build Uganda (BUBU) Policy
27th March , 2017 : Hits 100
On Thursday 2nd March 2017, The Prime Minister and the Minister of Trade, Industry & Cooperatives launched the BUBU policy and strategy. The objectives of the policy include; To promote the consumption of local goods and services.  To promote the use of and conformity to standards to guarantee quality goods and services.  To provide capacity building programs to local suppliers of goods and services. Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is central to these objectives, and as such our programs and resources will be aligned to support this government policy. ..

FAKE SOLAR BATTERIES FLOOD MARKET
13th March , 2017 : Hits 229
Reference is made to the article published in The New Vision of Thursday 9th March, 2017, titled “Fake solar batteries flood market”. The writer infers that fake and potentially explosive solar batteries have flooded the Ugandan market. UNBS would like to bring to the attention of the writer and the general public that indeed UNBS received a complaint on solar batteries imported by ADH Group Uganda. Samples were picked from ADH shops and submitted to UNBS laboratories for analysis. However, the batteries picked from the stores were all below 30 Amps of which the agency does not ..

STAKEHOLDERS ENGAGEMENT ON PNEUMATIC TYRES
21st February , 2017 : Hits 305
February 10, 2017, Kampala Uganda. UNBS has an obligation to protect public health and safety to ensure that consumers get quality products that match the value for their money. This is achieved through formulation and implementation of Standards for both locally manufactured and imported products for the Ugandan market. In the wake of the ever increasing public outcry regarding the quality of tyres on Ugandan market, UNBS has formulated standards for pneumatic tyres and are readily available for implementation by various stakeholders. Stakeholders were invited to a meeting on Friday 10t..

IAEA Interregional Food Safety Training.
21st February , 2017 : Hits 220
From the 6th-17th Feb 2017, Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) hosted delegates from 11 countries for the first ever interregional Food Safety Training workshop. The technical meeting on improving food safety through the creation of an inter-regional network that produces reliable scientific data was supported by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).It is a 4 year program aimed at generating reliable data that will eventually be used in developing International Food Standards. The opening meeting of the training was graced by the State Minister for Trade Hon. Michael Werikhe. He n..

UNBS SEIZES DANGEROUS COSMETICS
16th January , 2017 : Hits 428
Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is mandated to enforce standards in the protection of the public against harmful ingredients, dangerous components. Pursuant of its mandate, UNBS, on 21st December 2016 seized nine (9) metric tons of cosmetics worth USD 11,325.680 containing hydroquinone, a prohibited ingredient contrary to the requirements of Cosmetics and cosmetic products US: EAS 377:1. The consignment imported by NABCO REMA (U) LTD from Ivory Coast contained the following items; Cream Carotone Cream Maxi Light Body and, Cream Skin Light Body Laboratory analysi..

PRESS STATEMENT R: NEW VISION STORY OF 21.12.2016 titled CANCER-CAUSING LEAD FOUND IN WATER
23rd December , 2016 : Hits 671
Reference is made to the New Vision article on the aforementioned subject matter, in particular, the commentary that bottled water was found to have a lesser concentration of lead (heavy metal) compared to other sources. UNBS wishes to clarify as follows; The bottled water that is certified by UNBS is safe for consumption The article raises a false alarm on bottled water on the Ugandan market. The standard for water provides for maximum permissible lead levels in water of 0.10mg/litre Bottled water that has been certified by UNBS has lead levels of less than 0.01 mg/l far below the..