Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |Â The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) plans to build a Shs 22bn modern food testing laboratory in in Bweyogerere, a Kampala suburb, to check distribution and sale of harmful foodstuffs in the country as well standardise Ugandan food exports.
â€œWe expect to start construction soon after signing the contract with the contractor because we are done with the procurement process,â€� UNBS Executive Director, Ben Manyindo said. â€œWe hope that in the period of 18 months the facility will be in place.â€�
He said the construction of the lab is part of UNBS master plan of having modern infrastructure to enable it carry out its mandatory tasks.
This comes at the time the country is awash with reports of butcher operators using formalin and other deadly chemicals to preserve meat and keep away flies.