Tony Gadhoke, Mukwano group’s chief executive officer, has appealed to the Uganda National Bureau of Standards [UNBS] to crack down on fake mineral water producers flooding the market.
There are more than 70 producers of bottled drinking water on the local market, yet only 30 firms have been certified by UNBS. Gadhoke said UNBS should intensify the campaign to stop dubious producers, who duplicate labels and bottles of certified brands to cheat the unsuspecting public.
“We know they (UNBS) have taken the initiative to control fake products, but the situation requires more urgency,” said Gadhoke at a function last week, where Mukwano group unveiled their new Aqua Sipi mineral water larger bottles of 10 litres and 20 litres.
Gadhoke disclosed that they spent $2m (approximately Shs 5.2bn) on acquiring and installing machinery for making the new Aqua Sipi bottle sizes. Last year, UNBS officials raided and arrested several producers of fake mineral water in downtown Kampala areas, after the public complained about the quality of water on the market.
Accordingly, the Bottled Water Policy (BWP) has been drafted and once passed into law it will help regulate the industry and weed out unscrupulous producers who saturate the market with fake products.
Source : The Observer