By Prossy Nandudu
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards has issued new standards that maize exporters must meet before exporting their grains.
The standards are for maize grain, milled, products-specification and labeling of prepackaged foods, which will be adhered to alongside the general requirements.
These are contained in a notice addressed to all maize exporters that was issued on Wednesday by the acting executive director of UNBS, Daniel Richard Nangalama Makayi.
He called on exporters to ensure that before going for certification processes, grains should be of the right quality and quantity before they are presented for sampling.
Specific requirements that exporters must meet while enforcing standards include identifying a yard which is motorable, dust and mud free and has an assembling plant for the trucks to be sampled.
Exporters must provide sealable trucks for safe custody of sampled products, trucks whose results are found non-compliant shall be retained for further management.
Every exporter must present a copy of ownership the consignment, a valid UNBS certification permit. When loading the consignment must be well packaged and labeled including the batch number, units, storage instructions, country of origin, date of manufacture among others, added Makayi.