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UNBS URGES EDIBLE INSECTS DEALERS TO SEEK UNBS SERVICES, CONSUMERS TO STAY VIGILANT

  11th December , 2023 ,       Hits: 971

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is calling upon all Edible Insects dealers to seek UNBS certification to ensure safety of their products for public consumption.

This is in line with the UNBS mandate of developing, promoting and enforcing standards in protection of public health and safety, and the environment against dangerous and sub-standard products.

In March 2022, UNBS launched the Edible Insects Standard, US 2146:2020 Edible Insects –Specification, in collaboration with Makerere University School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio-Systems Engineering (Food Science) with support from the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), to the facilitate commercialization of edible Insects.

The standard is aimed at promoting safe consumption of edible insects which are harvested, processed and traded on the Ugandan Market.

The quality assurance measures within the standard involve analysis of unwanted biological and chemical substances which may contaminate the insects during the process of harvesting, processing, packaging or transportation.

UNBS also urges Public Health Inspectors to be vigilant and ensure that edible insects traders do not contaminate the insects during processes harvesting, processing, packaging and transportation.

The standard, US 2146:2020 Edible Insects –Specification, specifies the requirements, sampling and test methods for edible insects which include Grasshoppers (Nsenene), White Ants, Termites, Crickets, among others.

Some of the standard requirements state that the edible insect, whether, whole or granulated or powder or paste and either fried or dried shall;

Detailed requirements can be got from the standard that is available on the UNBS website via https://webstore.unbs.go.ug  

UNBS also urges consumers to be vigilant when buying edible insects for consumption, and report traders suspected to be dealing in substandard edible insects or dubious harvesting, processing, packaging and transportation of edible insects practices, to UNBS using Toll Free Line 0800133133/0800233233.

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) continues to implement its mandate of ensuring consumer protection and fair trade in Uganda.

About UNBS

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is a Government Agency responsible for the Developing, Promotion and Enforcing of National Standards in order to protect the Health and Safety of the Public and the Environment against Harmful and Sub-Standard Products.

For more Information, Please Contact:

Sylvia Kirabo,

Principal public Relations Officer,

Uganda National Bureau of Standards,

Plot 2 - 12, Bypass Link, Bweyogerere Industrial and Business Park,

P.O Box 6329 Kampala, Uganda.

Telephone: 0703196903 or 256 417 333250

Toll Free Line: 0800133133

E-mail: info@unbs.go.ug    / ed@unbs.go.ug         

Website: www.unbs.go.ug