In a bid to ensure that food products meet internationally acceptable standard, the National Standards Laboratory has issued food fortification permit to two food manufacturing companies, Fouani Brothers and the Premier Milling Companies.
The government of Liberia has adopted the mandatory food fortification standards which apply to domestically produced and imported wheat flour, cooking oil, salt. National Standards laboratory (NSL) of Liberia, as a quality infrastructure, is linked to Liberia’s initiative and processes in enabling the country to prevent importation of substandard products that may threaten public, plant or animal health, and assuring food and agriculture exports from Liberia meet international standards. At programs marking the formal certification and award of the ‘enriched’ logo, Stephen Y. Mambu, NSL Lab Technician, mentioned that having monitored those products the national standard lab sees it fit to award the permit. He said the certificate authorizes the recipient to use the ‘Enriched’ logo on their products because “we have monitored and fortified those products and it is at an acceptable level”. For her part, Marion Mykers, Country Representative of Project Healthy Children (PHC), said citizens must be aware that food products with the ‘enriched’ sign on it are vibrant for our lives and society. She said “as a macro nutrient program hosted by the Ministry of Health that is sponsoring fortification in Liberia, PHC is honored to issue the logo. “Today we are issuing this logo to Fouani who is the sole distributor of Star Oil, and Premiere Milling Company PMC, a Liberian flour manufacturer,” she said. Also speaking, Henry Wolokollie, head of the National Consumer Council of Liberia, expressed gratitude for the award of the certificate and urged the companies to work hard to maintain the certificate. He said: “the national consumer council is proud to be part of this process because we have been part of this process from the very beginning”. “We have a history in this and so we urge Fouani and the Premiere Milling Company not to be complacent”, he said.