The ‘fake eggs’ are sweets- UNBS
Written by Lindah Nduwumwami on October 31, 2018
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has rubbished reports alleging fake eggs on the market in Kampala. The Standards Body claims that a marketing officer attached to them was misrepresented by New Vision in their Sunday lead story (28th October) under headline: “Fake eggs hit Kampala Market”. In a statement released by UNBS Head of Public Relations, Godwin Bonge Muhwezi on Tuesday, the Body now claims the alleged fake eggs are sweets and that the story by New Vision contains “inaccuracies and misrepresentation of facts”. New Vision claimed that UNBS officials stormed a factory in Kawempe where they arrested manufacturers over fake eggs. Now UNBS claims otherwise. “The products referred to in the article by our market surveillance team were actually packages that looked like egg shells but clearly labelled as Funny Toys. Apart from the package, the product did not contain any features meant to mislead the public into believing they are actual eggs,” a statement from UNBS reads in part. They further state that their intervention was on suspicion of tampering with expiry dates and labels in Chinese language which violates the standard of labelling pre-packaged foods. “We have not received complaints or come across cases of fake eggs on the market. However, as a statutory body with a mandate to enforce standards to protect the health and safety of consumers and the environment against dangerous substandard products, we would like to urge any person with information that can help us in our investigations to report on our toll free line; 0800133133,” the statement continues. Poultry has become a popular additional income generator for many Ugandan families. UNBS, however, admits that it is a little policed business. A consumer of eggs on the market will have to rely on basic checks like shaking the egg to ensure they are buying a real egg. This is difficult when the consumer is purchasing a tray of thirty eggs. UNBS reports that Uganda produces more eggs than Kenya and Rwanda. Reports of fake eggs on the Ugandan market could adversely affect this burgeoning sector of the informal economy.