Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) recently closed a factory, Sunshare Investment Limited located in Mukono until further notice over failure to comply with the set standards in its production processes.
Sunshare Investments is best known for its production of the Lucky Brand of juices including mango, pineapple and orange flavours.
Laboratory analysis carried out by UNBS on product samples submitted for testing indicated a high level of Free Chlorine in the product contrary to the requirements of the Standard (US 47: 2011) for juices and other non-carbonated drinks.
“Chlorine is an active ingredient used in disinfectants such as JIK to sterilize water, kill bacteria and other micro-organisms.
“However, high levels of chlorine results in the production of toxic substances that may lead to damage of internal body organs. These people were using it in their production process,” said Godwin Muhwezi the UNBS Head of Public Relations.
He said the factory was operating against the set regulations that aim at protecting the consumer.
According to the set standard, juices and non-carbonated drinks should be free from chlorine because of its adverse effects on human health.
Chlorine reacts with water to form acids, which are poisonous to the human body once consumed.
Muhwezi said the premises of Sunshare factory shall remain closed until when the company directors had demonstrated that they have put corrective measures in place to ensure that such contamination does happen in future.
“UNBS will continue to perform its mandate of enforcing standards to protect consumer health and safety and the environment against dangerous and sub-standard products,” said Muhwezi.
BY SAMUEL NABWIISO