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New sugar standard gazetted

Published:Saturday | December 31, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Karl Samuda (left), minister of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries, discusses the future of the sugar industry yesterday with Allan Rickards (centre), chairman of the All-Island Jamaica Cane Farmers’ Association, and Phillip Henriques, chairman of the Sugar Industry Authority, at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries’ media briefing to update the country on packaging and labelling standards for sugar in the retail trade.

The Government has completed the standards governing the packaging and labelling of brown sugar.

The Compulsory Standards (Declaration of Standard Specification) (Brown Sugar [Revised]) Order, 2016 was signed by Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda on Thursday and was gazetted yesterday.

The new standard revokes the Compulsory Standards (Declaration of Standard Specification) (Brown Cane Sugar) Order, 1985.

Under the new labelling system, brown sugar sold on the local market will be packaged to guarantee the integrity of the product and to protect it from contamination.

The standard will also serve as a disincentive for manufacturers who import sugar for use as raw material to divert it to the local retail trade.

The standard will come into effect on July 1, 2017 for packers of brown cane sugar and on January 1, 2020 for producers and manufacturers of brown cane sugar.