Angola: Trade ministry plans to set up quality control laboratories

17 March 2008

Luanda, Angola, 17 March – The Angola Trade Ministry plans to set up quality control laboratories for products in all of the country’s provinces in order to ensure food safety, the Trade minister said in Luanda Friday.

Joaquim Icuma Muafumba, who was speaking to the press on World Consumer Day, said it was fundamental to set up these laboratories in the provinces, in order to ensure the quality of products sold to the population.

According to the minister, the measure would also help to inspect the food on families’ tables and prevent the risks of food poisoning, mainly to the most vulnerable segments (children and the old).

He said that the situation in the provinces was very bad, given the conditions for food inspection, adding that even the existing laboratories in Luanda did not have the capacity to check the quality of all types of product.

He also said it was necessary to train specialists to analyze and inspect the quality of imported products sold by national and foreign economic agents.

The minister made use of the occasion to call on consumers to denounce retail establishments selling spoiled products. (macauhub)