Gov't announces new packaging, labelling standards for brown sugar
Jerome Reynolds, Acting Assistant News Editor – Radio
The Agriculture and Commerce Minister Karl Samuda has announced revised standards for the packaging and labelling of brown sugar.
They are to take effect on July 1, 2017.
Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, Samuda said the revised policy was gazetted yesterday.
Samuda says the six-month implementation window of the new packaging standards for sugar will allow manufacturers time to make the necessary adjustments.
The new regime will require producers and those who repackage sugar to state the name of the product on the containers, net content, name and address of the manufacturer or retailer, instructions for use and country of origin.
Samuda says manufacturers must be compliant or face sanctions.
According to him, consultations were held with key stakeholders and regulatory agencies will be visiting locations to ensure that persons who sell brown sugar observe the standards.
The agriculture minister also said the new packaging and labelling regime will allow the authorities to plug the illicit sale of refined sugar on the retail market.
Some manufactures have been accused of misusing the duty free access to import refined sugar as an ingredient for their products and are instead selling it on the retain market.