UNBS Executive Director Dr. Ben Manyindo addressing the media

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) said on Tuesday that it had picked samples of Pearl Salt for testing to establish if it suitable for human consumption.

The latest development follows media reports attributed to the Member of Parliament for Kilak South Constituency Gilbert Olanya who had reservations about the quality that brand.

“… UNBS does not take the allegations lightly and we have picked samples from the market to carry out further laboratory analysis to ascertain whether the salt meets the requirements of the standard for fortified food salt (US EAS 35:2012),” it said in a statement.

UNBS said the salt brand in question bears the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) Standardisation Mark as evidence that it has been certified for compliance with standards.

The salt brand was cleared for importation into Uganda based on valid certification permits from KEBS as part of mutual recognition of certification permits issued by Standards bodies in EAC Partner States. “This measure was designed to facilitate trade among EAC countries,” UNBS said.

As a quality assurance measure, UNBS routinely picked samples for further laboratory analysis and the tested samples passed.

“UNBS will continue to perform its mandate of enforcing standards to protect the health and safety of consumers and the environment against dangerous and sub-standard products, the statement said.