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Eastern Province : Crackdown on substandard products leaves two beverage manufacturers shut down

By IGIHE
On 13 January 2022 at 02:02

Two beverage companies in the districts of Rwamagana and Bugesera in Eastern Province have been shut down on grounds of failure to meet standards.

The beverage producers were closed down during a campaign launched in the province with a view to curb substandard foods and beverages.

The campaign started last week following incidents where people died after drinking different types of beers.

The Governor of Eastern Province, Emmanuel Gasana has said that the campaign is being rolled out in partnership with relevant institutions including Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority (Rwanda FDA) and Rwanda Standards Board (RSB).

“We are conducting an assessment with special attention to foods and beverage producers to make sure they are not harmful to Rwandans following incidences where people fell sick after consuming such products,” he said.

In the past years, Gasana revealed, there has been cases of producers penalized for making illicit drinks including Ibikwangara, Muriture and Urumarajipo among others.

Gasana explained that such illicit drinks are often produced using harmful ingredients that results into diseases or deaths.

He underscored that it is the major reason why a crackdown has been launched to close substandard beverage producers.

“We want to conduct the assessment in all sectors. We have so far identified two substandard beverage producers under this campaign rolled out in Eastern Province,” Gasana divulged.

The campaign does not only target beverage companies but also individuals producing beer for business reasons.

He urged Rwandans to avoid drinking substandard beverages lest their health is exposed to risk.

Eastern Province registers 201 foods and beverage companies of which the majority is based in Rwamagana and Bugesera district.

The Governor of Eastern Province, Emmanuel Gasana.

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