EU/Lebanon: institutional cooperation (Qualeb Quality Programme)

Type: Report   Reference: I-054917   Duration: 10:34:47  Lieu:
End production: 12/09/2007   First transmission: 12/09/2007
In order to improve the access of Lebanese products to international markets and to strengthen the level of the consumer protection, Lebanon should get into a culture of quality, a key factor regarding the potential of European consumers' today really demanding. The EU support in this area will enable the Lebanese production to reach various targets in this quality chain: at the institutional level, at a technical and concrete level for companies and at consumers' level. The product quality remains a major challenge in Lebanon where deficiencies range from certification to international norms for food and non food products. Difficulties were present at different level of the quality chain: legislation, procedure, companies with an important impact for the consumers. The EU funded programme facilitates the action of the Lebanese government to make real progress in the field of quality infrastructures and awareness. In terms of legislation, laws regarding food safety, norms and standards, and consumer's protection entered into force recently.

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10:31:54 Title 00:00:04
10:31:59 Laboratory (equipped through the programme) in charge of testing wine and spirit authenticity (8 shots) 00:00:23
10:32:22 Toufic Rizk, Science Faculty Dean, (in FRENCH) saying that concerning wines and spirits, they don't recognize the origin of the alcohol, the base of the product; they don't know the wine, they are not sure if the grapes come from Lebanon; they don't know if there were mixture of type of vines, or addition of water or even of sugar at the time of fermentation 00:00:28
10:32:50 General view of the laboratory (3 shots) 00:00:09
10:32:59 Toufic Rizk (in FRENCH) saying that wine production in Lebanon is taking a rather important scale and the manufacturers manage to export in almost all the countries of the world and it is a product which is recognized as being of quality; this laboratory, which will be functional as of 2008 after obtaining the accreditation, will be able to issue its certificates (4 shots) 00:00:31
10:33:30 Bookbindery company (6 shots) 00:00:20
10:33:50 General view of the bookbindery company; Samer Baayno, General Manager of Baayno bookbindery SARL, (in ENGLISH) saying that they chose the stuff especially to penetrate the European market and also niew markets like the American market; they took it as a change for the company, which was a family business, to open to the international market; about consumer satisfaction; saying that if the consumer is loyal to the company, it affects the whole company (18 shots) 00:00:57
10:34:47 General view of the bookbindery company (6 shots) 00:00:18
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