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KCCA closes Jibu water factory over poor hygiene

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has closed down Jibu water factory over poor hygiene.
 
In an operation on Friday headed by the KCCA director of Public Health and Environment Dr Daniel Okello, all the four branches of Jibu water bottled products in Kampala have been closed.

The operation started at Jibu offices on Semawata road in Ntinda. They then proceeded to Jibu Bugoloobi on Luzira road, Namugongo on Mukasa road and lastly Jibu Kabuusu.

 
Jibu water factory has been closed
All the branches except that in Kabuusu had toilets inside the production room. At the Ntinda and Bugoloobi branches, the water from the tanks passed through the toilets into the production room and purification machines.
 
"What we found there was not meeting any acceptable standards, good manufacturing practices and the critical thing that we found out - was that the bottles that they were using  to pack the water were actually being washed manually and could not guarantee that they were actually clean. Secondly, the areas where the bottles and the tops were being used and rewashed were next to the toilet," said Okello 

At all the facilities, Jibu pumped water from tanks stationed outside the production rooms into the water purification machines. Cleaning of bottles was done manually using water at the sink in the processing room. 

Laundry detergents were used to scrub the bottles with brushes and sponges. The floors in the production rooms at all branches were wet while the sink where bottles are cleaned was dirty, dusty and rusty.

Dr Okello says that the factories were unhygienic and do not meet the standard manufacturing procedures, putting the consumers of the water at risk. Okello said the factory will remain closed until it demonstrates ability to meet the required standards.

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