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UNBS urges Kombucha manufacturers to adhere to hygiene standards

  19th April , 2022 ,       Hits: 295

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has urged all Kombucha Manufacturers to adhere to hygiene standards in addition to the other relevant Uganda standards that govern the quality of their products.

During a meeting held with Kombucha manufacturers in Mityana and Mubende districts, UNBS Surveillance Officer, Ms. Sarah Nantongo Kintaboine, cautioned the manufacturers against inadequate hygiene and cross contamination at their  manufacturing premises.

“The health and safety of millions of people is at stake if you do not produce hygienic products. Ensure that your workers are in perfect health, and the  factory premises and equipment used in production are regularly cleaned to avoid contamination of the final products that are consumed by the public.” Ms. Nantongo said.

The manufacturers were also cautioned against misleading labels and declaration of health claims, illegal additives used and high alcohol content in final products, most especially the non-alcoholic Kombucha.

Ms. Nantongo urged the manufacturers to employ professional quality controllers to ensure the standards are met.

UNBS carried out market surveillance inspections at 65 beverage factories in Eastern, Western, Central and Northern Uganda between November 2021 and January 2022. Out of these, non-conforming Kombuchas were found at 10 facilities and 12 factories were sealed off.

The UNBS Principal Certification Officer, Ronald Ahimbisibwe urged the manufacturers to seek UNBS certification and cautioned them against using the same permit for the different branches they own.

Kombucha manufacturers are certified against four Uganda Standards which include;

The standards are available on the UNBS website via https://webstore.unbs.go.ug

UNBS has kicked off enforcement of the above standards in the country and Kombucha manufacturers found in breach of the Uganda Standards  will   face prosecution in courts of law and have their certification permit withdrawn.

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) continues to implement its mandate of ensuring consumer protection and fair trade in Uganda.

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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is a Government Agency responsible for the Developing, Promotion and Enforcing of National Standards in order to protect the Health and Safety of the Public and the Environment against Harmful and Sub-Standard Products.

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