Officials from the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) on Monday raided Frankmark Beverages and Food Processing Company Limited based at Kakajjo zone in Bweyogerere and seized 610 bottles of 350 millilitres (ml) of Mondia Whitie, also known as ‘Mulondo’ energy drink.
The officials were following up on a customer complaints over poor operational standards and the sale of uncertified products to the public by the company.
“The company manufactures Mulondo extra. The premises did not meet standards for good manufacturing and hygiene. The product was not certified by UNBS. We seized 610 pieces of 350ml bottles that were found at the premises,” Mr Godwin Muhwezi, UNBS Public Relations Manager told Daily Monitor.
He explained that production was done in the open by boiling the Mulondo extract in an open sauce pan and in absence of a foot bath at the entrance, contrary to required standards.
Mondia Whitie, also known as Mulondo is a herbal plant believed to be a sexual aphrodisiac that enhances sexual performance in males.
“The quality controller of the energy drink company is currently in police custody pending legal action while the owner of the facility, who was not present at the time of the raid has been summoned to the Criminal Investigations Department, Kireka,” Mr Muhwezi.
Only a distributor
However, Mr Joseph Senge, whose premises were raided told Daily Monitor that he is not the manufacturer but only a distributor of the product.
In his defense, he said he merely rented the house out to the actual manufacturers, he named as Frank Nuwamanya and Martin Byaruhanga.
He also states that the product has not caused any medical harm to its consumers.
“The company is not mine, I gave someone a place to manufacture. By the time they came to my compound, I had just lost my father. When they called me, I was actually in hospital. They used to supply me, asking me to help distribute since I had a store in Nakawa market,” he explained.
Even then, UNBS emphasized that it is still an offence to sale and distribute uncertified products adding that people often disguise as victims when in fact they are culprits.
There was no available contact of the purported manufacturers referred to by Mr Senge by press time.
The development comes just days after government released a list of certified drinks.