The National Institute for Quality Control (INACOQ) collected, during one year, a total of 174,736,486 kwanzas. The information was provided by the General Director of the Institution, José Alberto Sofia, last week, when he presented the data referring to a year of activity.
According to the official, of the more than 1704 million Kwanzas collected, 104,841,891 were used for current expenses of the institution, while the remaining 69, 894, 594.40 kwanzas were deposited in the Single Treasury Account.
During the period in question, according to the data provided by the person in charge, a total of 4,312 samples were analyzed, 3,755 of which were analyzed and 636 were not analyzed.
In the matrix of products analyzed, the highlight goes to dairy products, flours, pasta, dry grains, cereals and the like, as well as oils and the like, which did not register significant levels of adulteration, while water and meat products were the ones that most presented punishable irregularities.
Among the companies that provided the largest number of samples, Angoalissar, with 464 samples, Nutrypoupe, with 437, Atlas Group, 404, Alimenta, 283, Deskontåo, 270, and Foodtec, 223.
Also in the period in question, according to data from José Sofia, 21 quality audits were carried out, including, among the requesting bodies, the National Directorate of Research (DNI), with 67 percent, and the National Authority for Economic and Health Inspection. Food (ANIESA), 23 percent, with the remaining 10 percent made up of audits initiated by the companies themselves.
From July of last year to the present date, José Sofia continued, INACOQ issued 21 reports and 18 opinions of non-conformity, a fact that attests to a growing trend of strict compliance with the standards required by the authorities on the quality of consumer goods by economic agents.
In the last 12 months, INACOQ also provided assistance to 97 companies, 15 of which in the field of laboratory and technical assistance to regulatory compliance and 82 in other areas.
According to José Sofia, INACOQ has had a close collaboration with several institutional partners in its action strategy, with emphasis on inspection institutions such as ANIESA and judicial institutions such as the Criminal Investigation Service (SIC) and the Attorney General’s Office of Republic (PGR), as well as academic institutions, the media and social networks.
INACOQ’s action strategy has as its main goals the reinforcement of institutional capacity, which involves infrastructure, specialized human resources, material resources, training of agents of the National Quality System, and strengthening the exchange with national and international partners, twinning and accreditation.
“Our role is purely technical and informative, and it is up to our partners to act within their sphere of action. In this way, we also have the support of regulatory and legislative regulatory information, which includes the National Institute for Quality Infrastructure, assigned to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, the National Directorate of Internal Commerce (DNCI) and the Directorate of Foreign Trade (DNCE)”, he indicated.
Among the most common offenses recorded in commercial establishments by ANIESA, are the issuance of invoices with indications of forgery, products with an expired expiration date, with hygiene issues predominating in establishments such as bakeries and food preparation.