The level of cereals and pulses consumption is ranked among the highest in Rwanda. Cereals and pulses and their derived products are easily contaminated by mycotoxins, which are carcinogenic in nature. These standards require farmers, processors and handlers to follow good practices that reduce the level of contaminants at acceptable level and that allow produce sound and safe product to the consumer.
Cassava and potatoes are both staple food and cash crop in Rwanda. The major constraints to the use of cassava and potato are the perishability of the fresh roots and tubers and the presence of cyanogenic compounds in cassava roots. These encourage the production of safer, durable and of high value products through processing.
The production and consumption of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages has increased significantly in Rwanda. These beverages could have effect on the health of consumers if raw material, processing, and packaging are not done in accordance with recommended good manufacturing practices. Thus the need to protect the consumers by controlling the quality of beverages, through the implementation of standards that specify the requirements which if fulfilled the products are fit for consumption