Blue Wave Beverages Company Closed over Quality Mess

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The decision came after a whistle blower petitioned Parliaments Equal Opportunities Committee, presenting before them a carton of bottled Blue Wave mineral water bottles with visible black particles. The whistle blower asked the committee to probe the company.

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has ordered the closure of Blue Wave Beverages Limited, a water bottling company based in Kampala.

The decision came after a whistle blower petitioned Parliament's Equal Opportunities Committee, presenting before them a carton of bottled Blue Wave mineral water bottles with visible black particles. The whistle blower asked the committee to probe the company.

UNBS Deputy Executive Director in charge of Technical Operations Patricia Ejalu today told the committee that UNBS conducted a test analysis on Blue Wave mineral water on May 13, 2015 and found that the quality of water was not fit for consumption.

Ejalu, who also lamented over limited human resource to monitor the market, says the company will be closed until it conforms to the quality standards.
 
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Bashir Byansi, a certification officer at UNBS explains in Luganda.
 
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Officials from the company, led by the General Manager, Wang Liu, also appeared before the committee today but requested to hold a closed door meeting with the MPs. However, a source in the committee told Uganda Radio Network that Wang initially failed to explain how the substances got into the bottled water but later admitted to the flaws, which he says the company will correct.

Committee chairman, Mohammed Nsereko says the committee will liaise with UNBS to ensure that the company remains closed until investigations are concluded.
 
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State Minister for Industry, Michael Werikhe, who also attended the meeting with the UNBS officials committed to strengthen supervision in order to ensure that the company and several other substandard products are taken off the market.
 
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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.