The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has raised concern over the poor quality of tissue papers manufactured in the country.
Speaking during a consultative meeting with toilet paper manufacturers in Kampala, the agency said most of the toilet paper in the market were below required standards and are a danger to human life.
“We did an analysis and our results were not so good. Most of the toilet papers on the market were below [required standards],” said Ms Patricia Ejalu, the UNBS deputy executive director.
The agency noted that consumers, especially women, are exposed to diseases such as cervical cancer and candida.
The findings are contained in a UNBS-commissioned research to find out the PH and bacterial load makeup and strength of sheets from which toilet papers are made.
In January, UNBS destroyed substandard goods worth Ush1.7 billion ($459,000), of which an estimated Ush6.4 million ($1,728) was the value of toilet papers.
UNBS said that it will now require all players to get certification to manufacture the product.