Food Safety & Quality Law
Everything being equal, food products and objects which come in contact with food products should not constitute a risk factor to human health. Food laws and regulations govern food chain operators and the food chain, specifically how food is produced, manufactured, prepared, traded, distributed, handled, and consumed. It is one of the areas where consumers are protected the most to ensure that food is safe and of adequate quality. Food laws and regulations cover the total chain beginning with provisions for animal feed, on-farm controls, and early processing through to final distribution and use by the consumer.
Law no 2018/020 of December 11, 2018 which lays down the framework on food safety & quality in Cameroon is the cornerstone of food law in Cameroon. It lays down the principles and bases for regulating food products, feed for animals intended for human consumption, and food additives and supplements, for optimum protection of the life and health of consumers and a sound environment. The law applies to production, manufacturing, preparation, handling, parcelling, storage, transportation, packaging, preservation, import, export, distribution and sale of food products or any other related activities.