According to Abongo, the operation specifically targeting maize mills follows the expiry of the six months’ ultimatum issued by the standards body in January this year to certify their products as well as meet all the requirements.
Uganda National Bureau of
Standards –UNBS has closed over 20 maize mills in Gulu City citing non-compliance to the required standards.
The affected maize mills are found in Industrial Area, Forgod Parish, Lacor Centre
and Kabedopong, all in Bardege-Layibi Division. The closure of the maize mills is part of the ongoing national operation by UNBS on the compulsory enforcement of standards and compliance to the use of
distinctive mark regulation passed in 2018.
Peter Abongo, the Head of UNBS Market Surveillance in Gulu Regional Office
told URN in an interview that the
closed maize mills had no
product certification, did not meet hygiene requirements, have
dirty floors and roofs and lack
personal protective equipment for the
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According to Abongo, the operation specifically
targeting maize mills follows the
expiry of the six months’ ultimatum issued by the standards body in
January this year to certify their products as well as meet all the requirements.
The ultimatum expired in June this year, but a grace period was given until
early this month.
He also revealed that the owners of the closed maize mills have been advised to meet the
required standards before they are cleared to resume operations. Victoria
Namutebi, the Public Relations
Officer-PRO Uganda National Bureau Standards –UNBS, says that they have so far carried out a similar operation in the Eastern
part of the country.
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Namutebi revealed that UNBS wants to ensure that
all the maize flour parked and sold in the country is clean and certified.
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The majority of the owners of the closed maize
mills complained that they were not fully sensitized about the required
standards while some of them, says that they were given a short time to comply with
Bosco Kidega, the Manager of Hakuna Matata Maize
Miller in Bardege –Layibi Division in Gulu City told URN in an interview that
the UNBS officials never visited his business to sensitize him on the required
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The owner of Victory Millers, which was closed over poor hygiene and deceptive
labels, says that he was
already in the process of product certification. He says he was given only one
week to get the product certification, which