Kampala, 07 June, 2023 / 8:55 pm (ACI Africa).
Caritas Uganda, the humanitarian and development arm of the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC), is among entities raising alarm over food security concerns in the East African nation, which they are “rapidly increasing”.
In a statement that the Program Officer of the Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) in Uganda read out on June 4, the entities that include SEATINI Uganda, Caritas Uganda, Consent Uganda, Slow Food Uganda, Cefroht Uganda, and Food Rights Alliance identify urban settings as the most affected.
“Food safety concerns are rapidly increasing in Uganda owing to the high use of contaminated water in the cleaning of fruits and vegetables as such chemicals are visible are almost vegetables such as tomatoes sold in the urban center, Kampala inclusive,” Peninah Mbabazi said in the press statement ahead of the 2023 World Food Safety Day.
Ms. Mbabazi lamented high levels of toxins that she said have been detected in foods in Uganda, adding that traders and transporters are responsible for the application of chemicals such as formalin on different kinds of food.
“Food safety risks have remained a permanent challenge to urban populations across the country due to food vending in open and designated places such as the roadside along drainage channels in taxi parks, marketplaces, and along all streets. Such places are grounds for most foodborne illnesses in the country,” she said.