UNBS Seizes Tons of Fake Salt on Open Market

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In short
Malindi and Sunsat salt brands contained insoluble substances which could be sand, stones, heavy metals which are dangerous to humans.

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has seized several tons of fake salt being sold on the open market.

In a statement, UNBS says a total 578 cartons of fake salt, branded as Malindi Salt, and 219 cartons of Sunsat Table Salt have been recovered from the districts of Gulu and Kampala.

The action followed a complaint on April 20 by Kilak MP Gilbert Olanya who, on the floor of parliament, raised concerns over the presence of suspected fake salt on the market. He particularly singled out Bahari and Sunsat salt brands as suspect.

 In response, trade minister Amelia Kyambadde ordered UNBS to test the salt brands.

The bureau then carried out simple solubility tests on Habari, Bahari, Chiluma, Sunsat and Malindi, all Kenyan salt brands. It also carried out laboratory tests on all the samples. According to UNBS, the test results proved that only two samples - Malindi and Sunsat - did not meet approved standards.

The statement says Malindi and Sunsat brands did not meet the requirements for labeling contrary to the set standards which requires that it clearly states the level of iodine and the complete list of ingredients including food additives in descending order of proportions.

Malindi and Sunsat salt brands also contained insoluble substances which could be sand, stones, heavy metals which are dangerous to humans because they may affect the appendix and they are not useful to the body.

Consequently, UNBS has withdrawn Malindi and Sunsat slat brands in the batches MS SS 2015/12/500 and MS SK 2015/12/500.

In addition, UNBS has ordered the manufacturers of Malindi and Sunsat salt brands to recall them from the Uganda market with immediate effect.

The head of surveillance Vincent Ochwo says UNBS will continue surveying the Ugandan market for fake products and further tighten its borders against fake goods. He warns that consuming substandard salt is very dangerous.

The public can report on issues of quality of products on the market via free toll number 0800133133.


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