Nestlé, African Farmers Collaborate On Safe And Sustainable Agriculture Practices

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Nestlé
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Nestlé has expressed its deep commitment to guaranteeing the safety of its products in Central and West Africa by pledging to keep working closely with local farmers to ensure sustainable and safe agricultural practices.

In order to make sure that food safety regulations are being followed, the company said that it also performs thorough audits of its suppliers.

“At Nestlé, the safety and quality of our products are paramount. Every product must meet the highest standards of safety from farm to table. By working closely with farmers and suppliers, rigorously testing products, and continually improving processes, we are committed to keep providing consumers with safe, nutritious, and high-quality food,” CEO, Nestlé Central and West Africa, Mauricio Alarcón.

Every step of the production process, according to Mauricio, involves rigorous quality checks of the raw materials once they arrive at the company’s manufacturing facilities. Sophisticated technologies are employed to identify and remove possible pollutants.

Additionally, he mentioned that the business makes significant investments in staff training, cultivating a culture of food safety and alertness, and preserving consumer transparency through unambiguous labeling and communication, enabling customers to make wise decisions.

Additionally, he pointed out that, the company invests significantly in research and development to stay ahead of potential food safety challenges, while leveraging the latest scientific advancements and collaborating industry experts, hence, it is well-equipped to respond to new threats and ensure the ongoing safety of its products.

“By adopting comprehensive food safety practices and being vigilant at every stage of the food chain we can ensure that the food we consume is safe and healthy. This commitment not only protects public health but also supports economic growth and sustainable development in the region”, Mauricio added.

In Central and West Africa, ensuring food safety is a multifaceted challenge. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), about 98% of the food safety burden comes from underdeveloped nations, with Africa reporting many deaths and hospitalisations related to food safety issues.

To address these challenges, a holistic approach is required, involving multiple stakeholders starting with Food and Beverages companies.

World Food Safety Day emphasises the importance of being prepared for food safety incidents, highlighting the need for coordinated efforts from all stakeholders in Central and West Africa.