Gov’t Ban on Alcohol Sachets Takes Effect in 2017

Minister for Trade and Industry, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde

The Minister of Trade and Industries, viagra Amelia Kyambadde has Wednesday announced the ban on production and sell of Alcohol in small sachets which will take effect next year.

The government position was relayed by the Minister during a media briefing at the Media Centre in Kampala which came after some district local governments had passed bi-laws against the consumption and production of the same.

“We have considered the output by the alcohol industry in terms of employment provision and revenue, patient however, this alcohol has also been associated with excessive consumption and abuse by the population especially the youth,” the Minister said.

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“We found it necessary as government to come up with measures that will control and protect our population. We realized that in order for the manufacturers or processors to transit from the packaging of Alcohol in sachets to bottles, we need to give them ample time to buy the necessary machinery or equipment to do that,” Kyambade noted.

“Government will ban the sale of Alcohol in sachets effective 30th September 2017 and in the mean time, we have instructed manufacturers to slow down the sale of the minimum quantities especially those that are below 100ml.”

The Minister observed that there are a number of alcohol producers that are not registered with the Alcohol Association and these have been blamed for the production of lethal and toxic products.

“We therefore resolved that the Alcohol Association signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UNBS to certify only producers who are registered with them, so that once you are not registered, you are deemed illegal and not allowed to operate in the market.”

UNBS has also been ordered to publicize the regulation and administrative directives on the alcohol industry including the requirements for certification of the production.

The Minister has as well appealed to the local government officials to adhere with the decision taken by government and allow alcohol sachet manufacturers time as a harmonious decision is implemented.


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