By Ronaldo Kalangi
Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) on Tuesday closed Sunshare Investment Limited factory in Mukono over failure to comply with set standards in its production processes.
Sunshare has been producing mango, pineapple and orange flavoured juices.
However, laboratory tests on their products and samples carried out by UNBS indicated high level of free Chlorine in the products contrary to the requirements of the Standard (US 47: 2011) for juices and other non-carbonated drinks.
According to standards, juices and non-carbonated drinks should be free from chlorine because of its adverse effects on human health.
Chlorine reacts with water to form acids which are poisonous to human body once consumed.
Chlorine is an active ingredient used in disinfectants such as JIK to sterilise water and kill bacteria and other micro-organisms.
However, high levels of chlorine results in production of toxic substances that may lead to damage of internal body organs.
UNBS told journalists that the premises of Sunshare factory shall remain closed until when the company directors have demonstrated that they have put corrective measures in place to ensure that such contamination does happen in future.