29th October , 2021 , Hits: 2820
Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has been sensitizing and building capacity of Maize Millers, Processors and Dealers in different parts of the country over the last one (1) year to ensure that they adhere to the Maize and Maize Flour Quality Standards by obtaining UNBS Certification (Q-Mark) before placing them on the market.
The following Mandatory Standards must be complied with;-
Therefore, all Maize Millers, Processors and Dealers are advised to adhere to the above requirements of the Standards to ensure safe Maize Grain and Maize Flour on the market.
Furthermore, they should observe the following;-
After expiry of the notice period to the Maize Millers, Processors and Dealers, the Bureau has commenced nationwide enforcements of compliance to the above Standards in the Central and Eastern Regions of Country. This has resulted in a number of Maize Mills being sealed off, including 25 in Luweero District and 24 Maize Mills in Jinja District due to poor hygiene and working conditions contrary to the requirements of the Quality Standards. The owners of these facilities have been asked to take corrective action, including applying for UNBS certification before they can be allowed to resume their operations.
According to the UNBS Executive Director Mr.David Livingstone Ebiru, the enforcements of the Maize Grain and Maize Flour Standards became necessary following reported incidences of high levels of aflatoxins in Maize Grain which was putting the Health and Safety of consumers at risk both on the domestic and exports markets.
The Bureau has so far certified a total of 96 Millers with 113 Maize Products comprising of 95 permits for Maize Flour, 1 for Maize Grit, 7 Fortified Maize Flour and 10 for Maize Grain. There are also 208 other Applications at different stages of the certification process. This number is expected to increase further as UNBS intensifies its enforcement operations.
Applications for UNBS Certification can be done online at https://cims.unbs.go.ug and Applicants must have a valid email address, Tax Identification Number (TIN) from Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), Product Labels/Markings, Certificate of Business Registration from Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) and the Production Process Flow Chart or Production Process Description.
Applicants can also physically visit UNBS offices at Bweyogerere, Mbale, Gulu and Mbarara with the above requirements and our staff will help them to apply for certification.
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is responsible for Developing, Promoting and Enforcing National Standards in order to protect the Health and Safety of the Public and the Environment against harmful products as well as facilitating Fair Trade.
For more information, please contact:
Uganda National Bureau of Standards,
Bweyogerere Business and Industrial Park,
Plot 2 - 12, Bypass Link
P.O Box 6329