Yaoundé(National Times)-Authorities of the Africa Food Distribution (AFD) company accused of importing plastic rice into the Cameroonian market have issued a statement accusing a cabal and the social media on a vast campaign to denigrate its image.
In a statement issued on December 29, the President Director General of the Company, Evariste Hele said the institution is aware of a campaign against its rice brands “ Broli” and “Armanti”.
Helle writes in reaction to what he describes as “unjustified cabal” that, the company reassures the national and international community on the quality of its products.
In the release titled “Campaign on the Social Media”, the company head asserts that, the authors of the campaign seek to denigrate the image of his enterprise and to an extent distabilise the Cameroonian economy.
The company argues that, it imports products into the country in line with all administrative and agency supervision put in place. It argues that, such importations are also done in line with international standards.
However, Cameroon’s Trade Minister Luc Magloire Marga Atangana has issued a summons to the company authority for an urgent meeting billed for January 3, 2019 on the matter. The minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MINADER) is also expected to be part of the meeting at the conference room of the ministry of Commerce.
The standards and Quality Control Agency known by its French acronym (ANOR) is also going to be part of the meeting. Minister Mbarga in the letter to addressed to the AFD, has asked the company head to come alongside documents authorizing him to import the mentioned products into the country.
These developments in the last couple of days are the offshoots of several videos from families and individuals that have gone viral on the social media showing the content of such rice brands as being plastic after being boiled.