UNBS Impounds Counterfeit Cosmetics, Iron Sheets in Kampala

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The goods include 80 cartons of cosmetics and 300 pieces of iron sheets. The goods were seized in a week-long operation in various markets within the city following complaints from the users that they dont conform to the UNBS standards.

Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) with the help of Uganda Police have impounded substandard goods worth over 50 million shillings in Kampala
The impounded goods include 80 cartons of cosmetics and 300 pieces of iron sheets. The goods were seized in a week-long operation in various markets within the city following complaints from the users that they don't conform to the UNBS standards.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Jackson Mubangizi, the UNBS Manager Surveillance said the cosmetics products have prohibited substances including mercury and hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is a skin lightener used in many whitening creams.

Mubangizi says cosmetic products with Mercury and Hydroquinone are cancerous as they weaken internal organs such as kidney, liver, and even cause skin discoloration. She says they also reduction the skin's resistance to bacterial and fungal infections among others.

He identified some of the impounded cosmetics products as White Secret Lightening Body Lotion, Bio Perfect Light, Lemon Clear, and Skin Light brands. Mubangizi says the goods 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 district.
He says the substandard cosmetics were seized from the Kikuubo business area and other surrounding markets within the city.
Mubangizi says the iron sheets were impounded from Arua Park after some traders were found changing the markings of the irons with intent to cheat the public.
Some of the culprits were caught ready-handed removing gauge 30 and putting gauge 28 to imply that the iron sheet is stronger in strength and thicker yet it is not.

He says the recommended iron sheet for roofing houses in Uganda is gauge 28. He says those arrested will be prosecuted.

According to records from UNBS this is the first major operation they have conducted in Kampala this year but in the previous years similar products were impounded and the traders fined. 


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