Portuguese-speaking African countries plan to track food quality

20 November 2015

A food quality tracking system for products from members of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) will reduce the sale of goods in poor condition, the general inspector of the Ministry of Trade announced this week in Luanda.

Heleno Antunes said the system, created at the third Forum of Economic Inspection and Food Security of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries held in Luanda, allows products of dubious quality to be returned to their countries of origin.

The Minister of Trade said at the forum, held under the motto “Together for economic inspection and food safety in the global context”, that through cooperation in the field of inspections, the CPLP countries will adopt effective and robust mechanisms, focusing on training, expertise, professionalism and the introduction of an early warning system.

Cited by Angolan state newspaper Jornal de Angola, Rosa Pacavira said she believes that cooperation allows for better screening and thorough monitoring of counterfeit products or others that can economically harm the member states.

Pacavira said she recognised that Angola still has some gaps in terms of food security, which explains why the forum was held to discuss measures for improvement in the mechanisms of action.

The minister revealed that the threats most detected in the Angolan market were related to counterfeiting of trademarks, substantial modification of certain products, out-of-date goods, lack of hygiene in shops, as well as lack of documentation for the products sold.

Within the framework of bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the member countries of the CPLP the first forum was held in 2013 in Cabo Verde and the second the following year in Mozambique. (macauhub/AO/CV/GW/MZ/ST)