Nestlé Ghana Ltd. and the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) have signed a
Memorandum of Understanding to forge a strong cooperation in the sharing of
scientific and technical information.
The Public-Private-Partnership agreement seeks to enhance laboratory
analytical methods alignment and capacity building in laboratory testing of
food products to enhance product safety and quality standards. The
partnership will also contribute towards the enhancement of technical
competencies of personnel and promote best practices.
Under the terms of the MoU, the GSA will collaborate with Nestlé in
standardization and alignment of applicable test methods; carrying out
inter-laboratory comparisons in agreed scopes; and conduct ISO/IEC 17025,
safety and compliance internal audits per agreed schedule between the two
In addition, there will be knowledge exchange on Laboratory Information
Management Systems, the use of GSA laboratories for conformance to
standards and compliance to set constituent limits per Ghana standards.
On its part, Nestlé will offer GSA the opportunity to tour Nestlé
laboratories, share relevant information through capacity building
programmes to assist the GSA and carry out inter-laboratory comparisons in
agreed scopes using ISO accredited standards to improve standards in Ghana.
According to Philomena Tan, Managing Director of Nestlé Ghana, this
partnership with the GSA will mutually benefit both organisations by
harnessing expertise to build individual capabilities to deliver safer and
healthier foods to Ghanaians. She added that, “the quality and safety of
our food and beverages are non-negotiable priorities for Nestlé. This
partnership is a concrete articulation of Nestlé’s commitment to Creating
Shared Value for the society and our company and will further enable us to
fulfil our purpose of Enhancing quality of life and contributing to a
healthier future” in Ghana.
The GSA, established by the Standards Decree, 1973 (NRCD 173) as the
statutory body responsible for developing, publishing and promoting
standards will continue to exercise its regulatory functions as required by
law, noted Prof Alex Dodoo, Director General of the Ghana Standards