Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has dismissed media reports that fake eggs had hit the market in Kampala.
The agency clarified in a statement on Tuesday that no such products are on the market, and that the media reports were laced with “inaccuracies and misrepresentation of facts.”
‘ ‘As the UNBS, our attention is drawn to the story that appeared on the front page of Sunday Vision of 28th October 2018 under the headline: “Fake eggs hit Kampala Market”. The story contains inaccuracies and misrepresentation of facts particularly on comments attributed to our market surveillance officer.’’ The UNBS statement reads in part.
‘ ‘The products referred to in the article by our market surveillance team were actually sweets in packages that looked like egg shells but clearly labelled as Funny Toys. Apart from the appearance of the package, the product did not contain any features meant to mislead the public into believing that they are actual eggs.’’
It adds: Our intervention as UNBS was due to suspected tampering with expiry dates and labels in Chinese language in violation of the standard for labelling pre-packaged foods (US EAS 38: 2014).
Godwin Muhwezi, the UNBS Spokesman, says we, have not received complaints or come across cases of fake eggs on the market. However, as a statutory body with a mandate to enforce standards to protect the health and safety of consumers and the environment against dangerous substandard products, we would like to urge any person with information that can help us in our investigations to report on our toll free line: 0800133133.
‘ ‘Fighting substandard products needs a concerted effort involving UNBS working together with manufacturers, traders, consumers, and other government agencies. We would like to urge the public to always look out for UNBS Distinctive Mark as a quality assurance that a locally manufactured product meets the required standards and to report any cases of substandard products on the market on our tollfree line: 0800133133.’’