The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has come out to refute claims that hazardous metals have been found in all Uganda’s sachet waragi.
This follows a publication that appeared in the Observer newspaper last week under the headline: “Lab tests find hazardous metals in all Uganda’s sachet waragi.”
“The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) as the industry regulator would like to inform the public that the brands mentioned in the article which include Uganda: Waragi, Bond 7 Whisky, Chief Waragi, Royal Vodka, Kick Gin Pineapple, Brigade Gin, Big 5 Vodka and Goal Vodka, Beckham Gin and V6 Tangawizi Vodka were certified by Uganda National Bureau of Standards and therefore meet the requirements of relevant Uganda standards,” reads part of the notice.
They also stated that these products are regularly tested to ascertain their quality which includes absence of heavy metals.
“We would like to further inform the public that UNBS has the state of the art laboratory equipment including the Induction Coupled Plasma -Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES) and the Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS) which are used to test heavy metals in food products and this capacity has been used to test and assure the quality of all certified foods and beverages.”
UNBS therefore advises the general public to consume only packaged foods and beverages that are certified and have a distinctive mark on their labels.
“Following the publication of the above story, our investigations have since established that the Relax and Ssalongo gin brands mentioned in the article are not certified by Uganda National Bureau of Standards and are therefore not recommended for consumption.”
UNBS would like to urge the public to always look out for UNBS Distinctive Mark for assurance that locally manufactured products meet the required standards and report any cases of substandard products on the market on their toll free line: 0800 133 133.
“UNBS will continue to perform its mandate of enforcing standards to protect consumer health and safety and the environment against dangerous and sub-standard products.”