In relation to rising prices in Morocco, government spokesman Mustapha Baitas denied what has been reported recently regarding “the inability of the government to control prices and to monitor the markets and the quality of the various consumer products”.
During the press conference at the end of the Government Council, Mustapha Baitas, explained that “the government, always and since its appointment, as well as its services carry out daily work through the joint committees designated for this purpose, which are chaired by the Walis and the governors in the different regions of the Kingdom“.
In interaction with journalists’ questions, the government spokesperson presented indicative data and indicators on the results of market surveillance operations from January 1 to February 22, 2023.
Thus, Baitas indicated that “the interventions of the mixed commissions concerned the surveillance of 64,340 production, storage, wholesale and retail stores, and led to the identification of 3,325 offences”.
As for the quality,the equivalent of 400 tonnes of products unfit for consumption or non-compliant were seized and destroyedthe government official told the media, noting that last year, from the beginning of January to the end of December 2022, 308,543 production, storage, wholesale and retail stores were checked, which led to the listing of 12,452 offences, following which 2,597 warnings were issued while a report proving the violations was sent to the King’s Prosecutor against 9,855 people.
The quality control operations carried out in 2022 made it possible to seize quantities of products estimated, according to the government spokesperson, at around 1,108 tonnes.
In response to a question on the fate of his seized products, the Minister Delegate to the Head of Government explained that the services concerned get rid of them. As for materials unfit for consumption, their fate is the “destruction“, while “seizures still valid are soldat public auction.