Food hygiene – Matin Libre

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What to know about the legal provisions on food hygiene in the Republic of Benin? Part of the answer in the new issue of the “Know and act” section of the Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions (CSA-Benin) published on Tuesday 19 April 2022. We remind you that the section aims to be a forum for training workers on the content of the laws that regulate the world of I work in Benin.


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The law 16 February 2022 n. 2022 on public hygiene in RB provides:

The supervision and control of foodstuffs are carried out by the competent services of the ministries in charge of health, agriculture, breeding and fishing and other interested public or private technical services.

Anyone who is called by reason of their employment to handle foodstuffs, during their collection, preparation, treatment, transformation, conditioning, packaging, transport, storage, as well as during their display, sale and distribution, is subject to physical property and clothing under the responsibility of the employer who provides for their inspection and regular monitoring of their activities.

It is forbidden to handle food intended for people who could contaminate them, especially those suffering from mucocutaneous, respiratory or intestinal disorders.

Any person involved in the handling of food is subject to six-monthly medical examinations.

Any seller of immediately consumable foodstuffs adequately protects them and guarantees the ownership of the immediate vicinity of the places of sale.

Anyone handling food is required to wear a cap and bib

It is forbidden to import, produce, market or distribute food that is damaged, expired, falsified or contains substances that could harm the health of populations or food not supervised by the competent services.

The placing on the market of any food additive is the subject of a joint order by the minister responsible for health, the minister responsible for food control and nutrition and the minister responsible for trade.

The violation of these provisions is sanctioned by the provisions of this law.

The preparation, packaging, transport, storage, display and conservation of food products are carried out in such a way as to avoid any contamination or damage,

Food or animals are checked on entry and exit from the national territory by the competent services of the ministries concerned and by other competent technical services, public or private.

Any suspicious food intended for the public is subject to reporting to the competent technical services in view of its analysis or destruction, in accordance with current legislation on the matter.

The costs of analysis, destruction and other related charges are entirely borne by the owner of the food product.

Philippe OREKAN FE / CSA-Benin

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