Mozambican products to enter EU market duty-free
On 2 October, INAE inspectors closed Bonsuino meat processor in Maputo province for failing to comply with the basic hygiene conditions, and processing and conserving meat and meats derivatives in deplorable conditions.
After a little more than two months, the company has now presented a new face, allowing its reopening by the INAE on Monday.
“All the recommendations conditioning the closure of this firm have been carefully observed, and we have followed up. From now on, we believe that everything will work properly again, and have issued the confirmation reopening credential,” INAE provincial delegate in Matola Rodrigues Churi said.
Churi did however say that he had detected some anomalies in repairs to the salting sector which he had recommended be corrected within another month. All other sectors were in a position to restart activities.
Company manager Joaquim Coelho said that, despite the two-month break, workers were unaffected and all contractual obligations were fulfilled. He said that the biggest losers were the breeders who provide the animals for slaughter.
“Fortunately, although we were closed for two months, we had no problems with our workers. We didn’t lay workers off or fail to pay their salaries, so we have the same number of workers and we will continue to employ them,” he said.
“But we regret (the situation) our animal suppliers faced because, for these two months, we couldn’t buy animals for slaughter,” he said, before thanking the INAE for its instructions and follow-up from the closure to the reopening.
“It was a big effort, implementing the INAE’s recommendations, but the result is that we already have the permit allowing us to continue our activities and respond to the needs of our customers, who from this week can already buy our products again,” Coeelho concluded.
Many supermarkets and restaurants in the province and city of Maputo are supplied by Bonsuino, now replete with a new image.Source: O País