Quality Control Company Limited (QCC) is responsible for the high Ghana Cocoa Premium standards. The International Cocoa Standards require cocoa of merchantable quality to be well fermented, thoroughly dried, free from smoky beans, free from abnormal or foreign odour and free from any evidence of adulteration. It must reasonably be free from living insects, broken beans and any other foreign materials. The quality of cocoa from Ghana has been used as a standard to measure cocoa from other countries.
Ghana’s cocoa has high content of Theo-bromine, thus making it the best cocoa for high-quality chocolate. Cocoa from Ghana continues to enjoy premium on the World’s Commodity markets because of its unsurpassed high quality. The premium quality cocoa beans still continue as the preferred choice of all chocolate and beverage producers of high reputation and distinction. This status has been diligently maintained, over the years, through effective quality assurance practices of the Quality Control Company of COCOBOD.
QCC is also responsible for maintaining the quality of other exportable crops such as coffee and shea nut. The Company has the responsibility of inspecting storage sheds and issuing certificates of registration for premises accepted as grading centres or depots.
No grading or sealing or storage of produce is allowed in any shed/depot which has not been duly approved by us. Our staff, stationed in 73 operational districts within six cocoa-growing regions, carry out inspection, sampling, grading and sealing of cocoa before evacuation to take-over points for subsequent shipment to international buyers or delivery to the local processing factories.
At the take-over points, cocoa arrivals are ‘check-sampled’ by our staff to enable them to advise the Cocoa Marketing Company (GH) Limited (CMC) to either take over the cocoa from the Licensed Buying Companies (LBCs) or reject it if the quality falls below a specified standard. A ‘purity certificate’ is issued for every parcel of cocoa taken over. Another ‘check-sampling’ is conducted for all consignments prior to shipment to ensure that only good quality cocoa is exported.
To provide the most efficient and effective customer-oriented services to the company’s clients/stakeholders.
The Mission of the Quality Control Company is to facilitate the trade of quality Agricultural Produce on both the domestic and international markets through the provision of World-Class Inspection Services.
- Prevent the exportation of inferior or infested cocoa, coffee, shea nuts and cashew nuts to any destination in the world.
- Inspect, sample, grade, seal and disinfest cocoa and other produce for Licensed Buying Companies.
- Ensure that facilities of licensed buying companies conform to laid down regulations in order to maintain the quality of produce in their custody.
- Monitor the operations of Licensed Buying Companies with regard to the safety of produce at all times.
- Undertake commercial disinfestations services.
Our Core Values
- P – Professionalism and Excellence
- A – Accountability
- R – Respect
- T – Team Work
- I – Integrity
- E – Effective Communication
- S – Selflessness