466 licensed milk collection points… and the Minister of Agriculture threatens the manipulators – Day 24
The number of milk collection centers licensed by the National Food Safety Authority for Health “UNSA” reached 466 centers during 2022.
During this year, the office also took 500 samples for the necessary laboratory tests and studies to ensure that the product meets health safety standards.
The Health Food Safety Act provides that a license is issued to milk collection centers by the National Food Safety Authority for Health to ensure that the consumer is provided with safe products.
It also stipulates that no staple or foodstuffs may be displayed or offered on the domestic market, imported or exported if they pose a threat to the life or health of the consumer.
It also stipulates that no substances intended for animal feed may be imported, offered on the domestic market, exported or given to these animals if they are dangerous.
Muhammad al-Siddiqi, the Minister of Agriculture, in response to a written question addressed to him by parliamentary adviser Khaled al-Satti, said the office was suspending or revoking the medical license of every milk collection center, as field medical and veterinary visits revealed. that it does not comply with sanitary conditions.
It also oversees the implementation of the “national program for monitoring the quality and safety of milk and its derivatives, as the office implements a yearly monitoring and monitoring scheme for residues (antibiotics, prohibited substances, pesticides and environmental contaminants…) in milk. “.
In addition to the fact that the Authority takes a number of measures to keep pace with the milk collection center licensing process, including monitoring of licensed units as the veterinary departments that make up it issue licenses at the health level and periodic monitoring of milk collection centers to determine the general conditions of their production and the extent to which they respond to the existing sanitary conditions.
He mentioned that information days were organized for cooperatives under the slogan “The UNSA Medical License is legally binding for businesses operating in the food sector”, with the aim of informing cooperatives operating in the food sector of the need to obtain a Health Level License. This awareness included centers milk collection.