UNBS closes Tuskys supermarket bakeries

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Rusted bakery at Tuskys supermarket

Uganda National Bureau of Standards [UNBS] has closed down bakeries of a major Kenyan retailer in the Ugandan capital Kampala over poor hygiene.

A team from the government agency responsible for the formulation, promotion of the use of, and the enforcement of standards in protection of the environment, public health and safety, Friday visited Tuskys supermarket.

According to images taken from the Ntinda and Nansana branches, the supermarket runs rotten bakeries with rusted sinks and water pipes.

The agency said it had sealed the two branches off on account of poor sanitation.

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According to a one Edens Matovu Kalanda, customer, it’s not the first time Tuskys is in the limelight for poor hygiene

Jonah Musana who saw the UNBS team at work in Nansana, thanked the regulator for exposing these company and showing concern for food safety issues.

Not first time

In 2014, five Tuskys Supermarket stores were put under scrutiny following a health inspection that was triggered by the discovery of rotten meat on sale in one of its outlets.

Kampala Capital City Authority [KCCA] then closed the Bwaise branch found with rotten chicken and beef as well as expired goods on the supermarket’s shelves.

The authority also found chicken carcasses that were rotten or showing signs of rotting.

Tuskys, Kenya’s second largest retailer, made its entry in Uganda in 2010 by buying out two supermarkets – Half Price and Good Price – which were subsidiaries of G.K.O. Medicines Limited, a pharmaceutical company.

To date, the family-owned retailer has opened six stores located in Bugolobi, Kitintale, Makerere, Nakulabye, Ntinda and Bwaise, all towns in and around the capital city.

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