By Najibu Mulema

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards(UNBS) has launched a country wide sensitization campaign to boast the fight against counterfeit products.

The campaign which will run up to December seeks among other things to educate consumers on how to get UNBS qualify mark,how to detect counterfeit and penalties faced when dealingbin such products.

Barbara Kamusime, the UNBS public officer says a research carried out by the standards body shows that consumers and traders in rural-urban communities do not understand the role of the body in ensuring quality of the product in the market.

The campaign is supported by the ministry of trade, industries and coopratives, Trade mark East Africa and Swedish International Development Agency.

The UNBS amendment act stipulates a minimum of fine  shs10 million or imprisonment for up to two years upon conviction for dealing in counterfeit products.

It’s estimated that Uganda loses $1.4 billion annually un counterfeit dealings.