By Gloria Nakiyimba
Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has closed factory premises of Sunshare Investment Limited in Mukono for failure to comply with set standards in its production processes.
The Mukono based factory has been producing Lucky brand of juices including mango, pineapple and orange flavors but laboratory analysis carried out by UNBS on product samples indicated high level of Free Chlorine in the product contrary to the requirements of the Standard for juices and other non-carbonated drinks.
Set standards dictate that, juices and non-carbonated drinks should be free from chlorine because of its adverse effects on human health since when it reacts with water it forms acids which are poisonous to human body once consumed. If consumed this toxic substances may lead to damage of internal body organs.
According to UNBS the premises of Sunshare factory shall remain closed until when the company directors have demonstrated that they have put corrective measures in place to ensure that such contamination does happen in future. UNBS has asked the public to remain vigilant and report any cases of substandard products on the market on 0800 133 133 which is a toll free line.