Dealers in Flour, Edible Oil, Bread Urged to Conform to Standards

Tanzania Bureau of Standards has called upon dealers in wheat flour, maize flour, bread and edible fat and oil to abide by the national standards for the products.

Tanzania Bureau of Standards has called upon dealers in wheat flour, maize flour, bread and edible fat and oil to abide by the national standards for the products.

The call was given by TBS Director General, Mr. Charles Ekelege, during a pre-implementation conference on Tanzania standards for wheat flour, maize flour, bread and edible fats and oils, which was conducted recently at TBS, following the revision of the standards.

Mr. Ekelege said producers whose products have already been certified should seek to obtain the revised versions of the standards for immediate implementation, while those whose products are yet to be certified should immediately apply for certification.

“We decided to convene this conference because we didn’t want to ambush anybody. We urge all of you to apply for certification right now,’’ Mr. Ekelege told the manufacturers representatives in attendance, insisting that TBS will conduct a country-wide operation to ensure that all producers abide by the said standards.

The DG said the next action will be to advise the general public to shy away from uncertified products, including uncertified wheat flour, maize flour, bread and edible fat and oil.

During the conference, food and agricultural standards expert Mr. Faustin Masaga highlighted changes introduced in the new versions of the four standards, namely TZS 439:2010, Wheat flour - Specification, TZS 328:2010, Maize flour - Specification, TZS 102:2010, Bread - Specification and TZS 1313:2010, Fortified edible fats and oils - Specification.

Mr. Masaga said the changes introduced include requirements for fortification for those who would like to fortify, and requirements for labeling which include fortification logo by the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) for fortified products.

The Chief Standards Officer mentioned the new requirements for maize and wheat flour to include optional requirements for fortification including labeling, requirements for aflatoxins and microbiological requirements, while for bread he said the new standard will cater for various types of bread. He also said various sizes of bread have been specified to give consumers a wide range of choice for the value of their money.

The conference that took place at TBS headquarters in Dar es Salaam drew participants from dealers in wheat flour, maize flour, bread and edible fats and oils, ministries and other government organs and the media.