Yaounde(National Times)-Cameroon’s Minister of Trade, Luc Margloire Mbargga Atangana, has summoned the President Director General (PDG) of Africa Food Distribution Company to an emergency meeting as controversy heightens over the quality of certain brands of rice on the local market.
According to the summons note marked ‘very urgent’ and dated December 28, a copy of Which The National Times read through, Minister Mbarga is concerned about discontentment within the public space over the quality of brands of rice the company imported into Cameroon.
In the note no. 1098/MINCOMERCE/CAB, the Minister informs the company head that, he wants him to shed light on the quality of the ‘Broli’ and ‘Armanti’ brands of rice the African Food Distribution imported into Cameroon.
The meeting pitting the Trade Minister alongside order stakeholders in the food and agriculture chain is billed for Thursday January 3rd , 2019. It will be staged at the conference room of the ministry of trade.
The minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MINADER) and the Director General of the Quality and Norms control agency known by its French acronym (ANOR) have also been invited to the meeting.
Minister Mbarga is requesting the summoned company director to show up at the meeting with documents from some state entities in charge of control and certification.
Among the documents are those from ANOR and a phyto sanitary importation certificate issued at the Douala port under the supervision of MINADER and police concerned with that domain.
The Minister warns that given the delicate nature of the matter, the presence of the company head in person remains imperative.
Already, consumers have gone amok on the social media and other platforms crying foul over the quality of the concerned rice brands. The rice are said to be plastic in nature when boiled. Many are already stating that such could be of damage to the health of human beings. Some are already calling for government sanctions on the company.