BY UGANDA VANGUARD
BWEYOGERERE – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has suspended the importation, sale and distribution of the following peanut butter products from Kenya after Laboratory Tests carried out by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) confirmed high levels of aflatoxin contamination. Aflatoxin is a poisonous cancer-causing compound. The peanut butter products are:
Brand Name Manufacturer
- Nuteez Jetlak Foods Limited
- Zesta Trufoods Limited
- Nutty by Nature Target Distributors
- True nuts Truenutz Kenya
- Supa Meal Supacosm Products Limited
- Sue’s Naturals Nature’s Way Health
- Fressy Fressy Food Company Limited
“Thus, importers, distributors and retailers are informed to cease the sale and distribution of the aforementioned products and ensure that they are not displayed in retail outlets until further notice,” said Mr Godwin Muhwezi, spokesperson, UNBS.
In a press statement issued Thursday, November 7th, 2019, all UNBS imports inspectors at border points were notified to seize consignments of the listed brands.
“UNBS will continue carrying out market surveillance inspections to ensure that the products are removed from the market. UNBS would like to advise consumers to avoid buying the products. We would like to urge the public to remain vigilant and report the presence of such products on the market on our toll free line: 0800 133 133,” he said.
Muhwezi further explained, “UNBS, working with together with manufacturers, traders, consumers, and other government agencies, will continue to perform its mandate of enforcing standards to protect consumer health and safety and the environment against dangerous and sub-standard products.“
UNBS is a statutory body responsible for developing and promoting standards, quality products and services to facilitate fair trade, promote local industries and protect consumers.