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 Poland, we carried out 14,600 analyses on Private Brand products and Perishables in 2016, representing an increase of around 50% compared to the previous year. This figure is justified above all by the analyses of Private Brand products, including further nutritional parameters and labelling, and the increase in contamination and adulteration controls, as a complement to the chemical and microbiological tests that are regularly performed.
In Portugal, we conducted over 19,600 analyses, an increase of 9% compared to 2015. This increase is essentially the result of the number of analyses performed on Meal Solutions products, which, among other things, is due to the need to validate products following a change in the processes, such as the process for cooling soups and the review of expiry dates due to changing that same procedure.
In Colombia, we carried out 419 laboratory analyses on food products, an increase of 41% compared to 2015, in line with the growth in the number of stores, suppliers and products sold.
In addition, we performed analyses on work surfaces, equipment and product handlers, with the objective of controlling microbiological risks:
- In Poland, we carried out 172 microbiological analyses, a decrease of 72% compared to the previous year, due to the reduction in the number of stores with a meat cutting and packing service;
- At Pingo Doce and Recheio and in the respective Distribution Centres, we carried out over 120 analyses on work surfaces and handlers of Perishables and on products handled in the stores, including analyses of the water and air. This value represents an increase of 6% compared to 2015;
- In Colombia, the number of this type of analyse amounted to 625 samples collected, which means a decrease of 33% compared to 2015. This variation is due to the fact that in 2015, a supplementary diagnosis was made on all store surfaces, and so the process was not necessary in 2016.