The main regulatory agency responsible for food safety issues in Morocco is the newly established
National Office for Food Safety, ONSSA, “Office National de la Sécurité Sanitaire des Produits
Alimentaires.” ONSSA is an independent agency under the supervision of Ministry of Agriculture. All
imported agricultural and food products must go through inspection and control of ONSSA before they
can clear Customs. Inspection of food products that have specific health or dietary claims will be carried
out by the Ministry of Health.
This Exporter Guide Report provides an update of all sections, including trade data and local business and government contacts. In January 2010, the newly established National Office for Food Safety (ONSSA) assumed its function as the main agency in charge of food import and export inspections in Morocco.
The Moroccan citrus export season of 2008/09 has been disappointing. Total citrus exports are estimated at 469,150 tons, a decline of 15 percent compared to exports in 2007/08 and about 28 percent below the government’s target for this year. Most of the decline occurred in orange exports. Exports to Russia, the main export market, suffered a sharp decline.