The head of the Algerian organization for consumer protection (APOCE), Mustafa Zebdi, revealed that about 84% of the national coffee brands “do not comply” with the criteria stipulated in the legislation.
Zebdi stated in a press conference, that the organization had analyzed the sugar percentage in the coffee and the legal labeling on it for 12 coffee brands, produced nationally. It was analyzed by 3 different Algerian labs.
According to the results; the incompliance was in the sugar percentage and in failure to mention the added substances and their percentages on the cover.
The analysis revealed that only 5 out of 12 brands contain an accepted and reasonable sugar percentage.
Zebdi clarified that the added substances might contain Acrylamide, which is a substance considered dangerous by the World Health Organization.
He also explained that the burning of sugar, which generates Acrylamide might cause cancer when consumed at a certain rate, highlighting that this substance is also found in potato chips and particularly in the grilled meat.