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Analysing the products that we sell and monitoring hygiene best practices are priorities in order to ensure high standards of quality and food safety.

In order to ensure the food safety of the products sold, apart from the audits on the facilities and equipment, we perform laboratory analyses on Perishables and Private Brand products.

In Poland, we carried out over 14,600 analyses on Private Brand products and Perishables in 2016, representing an increase of around 50% compared to the previous year due to, mostly, the analyses carried out in Private Brand products that included more nutritional parameters and labelling, and increased controls on contamination (including gluten or lactose, among others) and adulteration (for identification of genetically modified organisms, for example), in addition to regular chemical and microbiological tests.

In Portugal, we performed around 19,600 analyses, 9% more than in 2015. The increase owes essentially to the number of analyses carried out in Meal Solutions products due to, among others, the need to validate products following changes in processes such as the cooling of soups and revision of expiry dates as a result of altering such procedure.

In Colombia, 419 laboratory analyses were performed, an increase of 41% when compared to 2015 on food products, in line with the growth in the number of stores, suppliers and products sold in 2016.

Additionally, analyses were carried out on work surfaces, equipment and handlers with the aim of controlling microbiological risks:

  • In Poland, 172 microbiological analyses were carried, a decrease of 72% following 2015 year, as a result of the reduction of the number of stores that had the meat slicing and packaging service. During 2016, the control of the microbiological risks in machines for squeezing oranges for juice, as well as the juice itself, was initiated in 19 stores;
  • At Pingo Doce, Recheio and their respective Distribution Centres, over 120 thousand analyses were performed to on work surfaces, handlers of Perishables and on products handled in stores, the water and the air. This value represents an increase of 6% compared to 2015;
  • In Colombia, the number of these analyses registered 625 samples collected, a decrease of 33% when compared to 2015. This variation is due to the fact that, in that year, an additional analysis diagnosis was carried out on all store surfaces, a process therefore unnecessary in 2016.