BISKRA (Algeria)- A “national mapping of quality monitoring laboratories, composed of 53 laboratories will be adopted before the end of the first half of 2021,” Minister of Commerce Kamel Rezig announced Friday in Biskra (600 km south of Algiers).
This laboratory mapping will ensure quality control and compliance of both locally produced goods and those imported, and which will put up for sale,” the minister, on an inspection visit to a quality control laboratory in Biskra said.
“This mapping will include 45 fixed quality control laboratories and 8 mobile laboratories,” he detailed.
Rezig also said that seven requests for authorization of ISO certification laboratories, received from several provinces, including Biskra, were submitted to the authorities empowered to issue the authorization to create such control bodies.
“In coordination with laboratories serving in other sectors and the private laboratories, a goods control network will emerge and work to protect consumer health,” he said, qualifying it (the health of the consumer) as a “red line”.
Rezig also stressed the need to multiply the operations of raising the awareness of traders and economic operators to “reduce the rate of goods non-compliance in Biskra,” calling for “wider coordination with the services of agriculture, industry and health to achieve this purpose.”
These directives were given following a presentation in a quality control laboratory, according to which, the rate of non-compliance of products in the province was only 16%.
Regarding the shortage of subsidized milk, the minister said that a “joint committee between the ministries of agriculture, rural development and tradei is working to revise upwards the quotas allocated to dairies.”
During his visit to Biskra, the minister inspected the city’s quality control laboratory, where he inspected the microbiological and physiochemical analysis services.