Minister of Trade and Cooperative, Amelia Kyambadde has with effect from March 30, 2019, banned the production and sale of ­alcohol in sachets at factory premises.

In 2017, government through cabinet took decision to ban the sale and packaging of alcohol in sachets and this meant that the packaging and sale of alcohol must be done in plastic and glass bottles.

According to Mrs. Kyambadde, they met with alcohol manufacturers under their body of Uganda alcohol manufacturers association and resolved on the road map to procure, install and commission new bottling packaging and production equipment and building premises for the acquired technology bottling machinery.

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“All packaging of alcohol must be in glass and plastic bottles with 200Ml minimum. The sale of alcohol in sachets in banned with effect from March 30th and no one is expected to sale alcohol after this date,” said Mrs. Kyambadde in the just released document.

She said that her ministry has also instituted a team of professionals from various government institutions to monitor the implementation of government’s directives.

The team comprised of members from ministry of health, Uganda police, National management authority (NEEMA), Uganda national bureau of standards (UNBS) and Uganda alcohol manufacturers association.

Kyambadde said, Noncompliance with the ban will culminate into the closure of the business.

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