Rabat – Amid a major boycott of three prominent companies against high prices and low-quality products, an alleged report received by Moroccan newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum notes that Morocco’s dairy products were not subject to any health standard monitoring.
The newspaper said that contrary to what is posted on the website of Morocco’s National Office of Food Safety (ONSSA) Health Safety office, dairy products were not subjected to any monitoring operations in 2017.
Akhbar Al Yaoum further added that in 2015 and 2016, monitoring committees only took samples from production factories, but not from sale points.
The information comes on the heels of the ongoing boycott, which has been targeting the high prices and “low quality” of Centrale Danone’s dairy products.
People supporting the boycott have been questioning the quality of Centrale Danone products since the launch of the boycott on April 20.
The company, however, denied low quality allegations, sharing details on its products publicly on May 23.
“Centrale milk, like all other products of the company, is closely monitored during the production process.” The company added that the production of milk is subjected to the strictest observance of international health safety standards.
Centrale Danone has also said that its products are being regularly controlled by ONSSA.
To date, ONSSA and leading milk companies, including Centrale Danone and Jaouda, have not responded to the information released by Akhbar Al Yaoum in its weekend edition.
Dairy products, especially raw milk and cottage cheese are commonly sold across Morocco in souqs (traditional markets). Raw dairy products, however, can constitute a danger for containing microorganisms that can cause major health issues.