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Roots drinks to be regulated

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2016 | 1:29 PM
Morrison ... while the roots drink may have some health benefits they need to be regulated to protect the public.

The National Council on Science and Technology is pushing for the regulation of roots drinks currently sold in Jamaica.

Director General of the Council, Professor Errol Morrison, told the JIS News that while the roots drink may have some health benefits they need to be regulated to protect the public.

He says it must be ensured that these teas and drinks meet a minimum standard.

Professor Morrison also says the Council is proposing amendments to the Food and Drug Act to set standards for natural health drinks.

According to him, such guidelines would deal with methods of preparation, reliability of the product, among other things.

Professor Morrison also said the amendments will incorporate healing elements under one category as nutraceuticals.

He says it’s hoped that these guidelines will be in place within a year.