Kampala: The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has called upon all local manufacturers to comply with the labelling standards and desist from deceptive labelling of their products.
Their call comes in response to an article published by TheSpy Uganda last week that involved Capital Shoppers supermarket where specific people mostly from the Islamic religion claimed they had labelled pork sausages with ‘Halal’ and in particular which long time a concerned Muslim Kassim Kayira said was contrary and evil based on his religion’s principles hence threatening to sue Capital Shoppers Limited.
Kassim who sounded aggrieved towards Capital Shoppers’ business, cautioned UNBS, a government agency established by an Act of Parliament of Uganda, under the Ministry of Trade Industry & Co-operatives for not acting responsibly as a regulatory body, when they okayed the selling of the same claimed to be evil.
Kassim Kayira who claimed that he was dragging the supermarket to court for labelling pork sausages Halal, however, UNBS said they made inspections and did not find the allegations true.
“Following inspections done by the UNBS surveillance team at the said location, the pork sausages found did not have any Halal claims,” UNBS said in a statement.
“UNBS reiterates the call to have the labelling of all products under mandatory standards complying with the labelling standard and to be certified and issued with the UNBS Distinctive Mark before they are put on the market.” reads the statement.
UNBS added that products that should be mandatory for labelling include those that have a direct effect on the health of the user for example food, cosmetics, electronics and electro products, children’s toys, and many others.
“Key among the labelling requirements for pre-packaged foods is to have the name of the food declared on the label, the list of ingredients, the net contents and drained weights, the name and physical address of the manufacturer, packer, distributor, importer, exporter or vendor of the food, country of origin, Lot identification, Date marking (production and expiry date), Storage instructions, instructions for use, Quantitative labelling of ingredients; all in the English language and/or any other official language used in the importing East African Partner state, as stated in the standard.” adds the statement.
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is a statutory body responsible for developing, promoting and enforcing standards in the protection of public health and safety, and the environment against dangerous and sub-standard products.
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