Thursday August 7 2014

More supermarkets face closure over poor hygiene, KCCA officials warn


Kampala- Kampala Capital City Authority has warned that more food stores could be closed following clues from the public of shops with “unsatisfying” hygienic conditions.

KCCA spokesperson Peter Kaujju said they have started massive inspections and many food stores in Kampala are likely to be affected.

“I should say the problem is real. Fortunately, we have stepped up our inspection campaigns and the public is partly helping to provide information of some of the most wanting stores,” Mr Kaujju said last Friday in an interview with the Daily Monitor.
“KCCA is a sensitive institution, that’s why I cannot specify for you the numbers because we are dealing with peoples businesses.”

Past closures
Mr Kaujju said the reopening of Tuskys Supermarket will be effected once compliance issues are certified.

“We have not opened Tuskys because they have not met the conditions we set out for them to improve,” he said.

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards deputy spokesperson, Ms Sylvia Kirabo, said they had stepped up their market audits and called on the public for assistance.

“Consumers have a big role to play in ensuring quality in places they go shopping and identify such cheating stores,” Ms Kirabo said in a telephone interview yesterday.

“We put a toll free line 0800133133, which is there to help the public to share information with us on traders fleecing unsuspecting consumers.”