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Food Processors, Manufacturers Cautioned on Food Safety

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Ugandan food manufacturers and processors have been asked to promote food safety to secure good health for the people and widen the market for exports.

The call was made ahead of the World Food Safety Day (WFSD) 2021.

Dr. David Livingston Ebiru, the Executive Director Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) told the journalists at Uganda Media Center that Uganda still has challenges in the quality of food, such as maize that she exports.

“Even during the covid-19 food supplies by government, UNBS also undertook inspection and testing of food and indeed there were some elements of bad posho and beans,” he said.

It’s against that background that the body is advocating for value addition.

“After the incidence of the ban in Kenya, we have now encouraged the majority of our dealers in the main value chain to go for value addition, instead of selling raw or seed grains to Kenya. Majority of them have adhered to our advice of value addition because with value addition, we can be able to guarantee the quality measures of good manufacturing and hygiene, but also to extend the shelf of the maize flour for a longer period so that you have the adequate time to look for the market and price you need,” he explained.

He noted that the country has basic infrastructure to support the production and supply of safe food across the country.

“We have provided and developed a number of food standards to guide on the processing of food and these standards are also recognized across the region. We have also developed these standards internationally, meaning that our people are free to export these products which are certified by UNBS to any market.”

He also said that there are internationally accredited laboratories that are capable of testing various categories of products; from diary to crop products.

It should be noted that before the maize ban, only 29 companies had been verified by UNBS to supply the various products of maize. However, currently, 41 companies have been certified to supply safe male products and about 200 are being supported to make sure that they get their maize products or companies certified.

Dr George Upenytho, Commissioner health services, Community health at the ministry of health revealed that each year worldwide, unsafe food causes 600 million cases of foodborne diseases and approximately 420,000 deaths with 30% of the foodborne deaths occurring among children under 5 years of age.

“The World Health Organization has estimated that 33 million years of healthy lives are lost due to eating unsafe food globally each year, and this number is likely an underestimation,” he added.

Although covid_19 is an airborne disease, he warned on the unsafe handling of food, which could be a risk in promoting the transmission of infections.

“Some of the trading practices among the population if not avoided such as unwarranted touching of food on display by customers may cause transmission of the virus from an infected customer to another. Food traders may also be at risk of contracting COVID-19 from customers, and vice-versa by assisting them to pack their food in their carry home bags if not properly sanitized and protected.

 

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Reckoning with Laughter: Noam Shuster returns to Israel

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About to make it big in the US, Israeli comedian Noam Shuster returns home to face her toughest audience yet.



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Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed: The Nobel Prize winner who went to war

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This feeling of marginalisation, particularly among the country’s largest ethnic group, the Oromo, fuelled a wave of demonstrations. Mr Abiy, an Oromo himself, was promoted to the top job and immediately set about addressing concerns in a dizzying period of reforms.



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600 doses of stolen COVID-19 vaccines recovered at 2 private clinics

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Police have recovered 600 doses of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine from two private pharmacies in Kampala. 10 suspects were also arrested in the two-day operation following a tip-off from a concerned citizen.    

A police officer, who was involved in the operation, intimated to URN that they carried out raids on First Pharmacy Mulago-Wandegeya and Victoria Pharmacy in Ntinda. He explains that they first sent operatives to both facilities under the disguise that they were travellers looking for Covid-19 vaccination and certificates and got assurance that the service was available.    

“We swiftly stormed these places in Wandegeya and Ntinda, and the stolen vaccines were found there and of course arrested some suspects from there,” he said.

He says that during the raid on First Pharmacy, they intercepted one of the employees who was running away with some materials in the bag.  

“We forced him to open the bag for searching. Upon opening, documents that looked like Covid-19 vaccination certificates dropped down,” he said.

He says that they searched the pharmacy where they recovered some exhibits and arrested some suspects. According to police, they also conducted another raid on Victoria Pharmacy, recovered several doses of COVID-19 vaccines, and arrested five suspects. 

Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire confirmed the arrests but declined to reveal the identities of the suspects. 

“It’s true about that operation intelligence in Bukoto, we found 600 doses of the vaccine, in these two pharmacies and also ministry of Health vaccination cards and other documents” said Owoyesigyire’’. 

He says the suspects are locked up at the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Kireka. According to police, similar operations are still ongoing after discovering that unscrupulous people stole Covid-19 vaccines from the ministry of Health storage facility and are now busy selling them to the public on the black market.

At a press conference held today, however, First pharmacy demanded an apology from the police, claiming no raid was conducted at their facility or vaccines recovered. 

More than 50 pe rcent of the 964,000 doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines donated by Covax Facility and India have already been used. Recently, President Museveni in his televised address said that the government is preparing to get Johnson and Johnson vaccines from the USA and Cuba since India suspended exports. Unicef announced that another 170,000 doses would be arriving in the country in two weeks. 

 



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