UNBS Seizes Substandard Cosmetics, Iron Sheets

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has impounded 80 cartons of cosmetics and 300 pieces of substandard iron sheets from the market in an operation conducted on Friday July 29th in the capital Kampala.

According to a statement released by UNBS on Tuesday August 2nd, doctor the cosmetic products had prohibited substances including mercury and hydroquinone contrary to the Uganda Standards in the protection of public health.

“Cosmetic products with Mercury and Hydroquinone are cancerous, they weaken internal organs such as kidney, liver, and they cause skin discoloration, reduction in the skin’s resistance to bacterial and fungal infections among others,” the statement read in part.

The banned  cosmetic products from the market
The banned cosmetic products from the market

The products which included White Secrete Lightening Body Lotion, Bio Perfect Light, Lemon Clear, and Skin Light brands, are believed to have been imported from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Togo, and Ivory Coast through the Kasese border post of Mpondwe and Bunagana in Kisoro.

They were seized mostly from the Kampala Kikuubo business hub.

In the same operation, 300 pieces of iron sheets were also impounded from Arua Park on grounds that they were substandard and that the culprits were changing the markings of the irons with intent to cheat the public.

“They were removing gauge 30 and putting gauge 28 to mean that the iron sheet is stronger in strength and thicker yet it is not,” said Mr. Jackson Mubangizi the UNBS Manager Surveillance.

UNBS officers holding iron sheets impounded from the market
UNBS officers holding iron sheets impounded from the market

According to the Uganda Standards, the higher the gauge of iron sheets, the lower the thickness and vice versa. Gauge 28 is recommended for roofing a house.

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