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Be mindful of those gift hampers

By Victoria Namutebi Wamala

Tuesday December 24, 2019

The festive season is here. It is a time to give and receive. Often, we give to friends and family, and lately the trend is that organisations too give back to their loyal clients.
Again it is time to win hampers. But have you paid keen attention to the goodies in those hampers? Below are some of the consumer tips to follow when checking out goodies in your gift hampers or when shopping for this festive season.

Check out for the product packaging; all products should be intact and well-sealed.

- Look out for the expiry date; avoid buying or consuming a product whose expiry date has passed because you can not guarantee the safety of such a product. Also avoid consuming products whose expiry date is as soon like a day or five days. The manufacturing date and best-before date should be visibly displayed on the packaging.

- Avoid buying any product whose manufacturer is not mentioned on the product packaging.
Check for ingredients to avoid buying products that may contain ingredients you are allergic to.

- Avoid buying goods from ungazzetted areas; this is because it is hard to trace the seller in case of a complaint. Buy from established outlets and always demand a receipt.

- Avoid shopping in the dark or late night hours from hawkers. It’s in the night that substandard goods hit the market.

- Incase of cosmetics, avoid using creams and lotions that contain hydroquinone and mercury. These ingredients are banned in Uganda because they can cause cancer in the long run.

- When shopping for meat, look out for the certified label “PASSED” which is denoted on the carcass using a marking fluid of food grade ink. The meat should be free from visible blood clots, or bone dust and bone splinters, any visible foreign matter.

- Remember to always report any distributor or dealer of expired or sub-standard products to the nearest police station and contact Uganda National Bureau of Standards.