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Guard against buying substandard products, UNBS warns consumers in Christmas message

UNBS Executive Director Ben Manyindo. He says many businesspeople flood the market with poor quality products around this time of the year. (FILE PHOTO)

As we approach the end of 2018, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has warned Ugandan consumers to guard against buying substandard goods.

UNBS says there are many businesspeople who are positioning themselves around this time of the year to take advantage of the season and make quick money without considering consumers’ health, safety and value for money.

In a Christmas and New Year message released December 12  that PML Daily has seen, Mr. Ben Manyindo, UNBS Executive Director, said: “UNBS would like to sound an alarm and wake up call for extra consumer vigilance while procuring children toys, Christmas lighting, fuel, meat, skin lotions, foods and drinks on the cheap.”

Mr. Manyindo cautioned consumers to remain vigilant while shopping during this festive season, saying the market gets flooded with poor quality products at this time of the year.

Some of the poor quality products on the market that UNBS warns consumers not to buy. (FILE PHOTO)

Mr. Manyindo gave some quick tips for consumers to remain safe. He said consumers should:

  • Buy UNBS certified locally manufactured goods
  • Insist on quality products
  • Not buy in a rush
  • Avoid buying from hawkers
  • Check labeling and expiry of goods on pre-packaged products

The message further asked consumers and all Ugandans to make use of the UNBS toll free line 0800 133 133 to report substandard goods on the market.

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