Mandatory sugar labelling July 1
New labelling and packaging requirements will become mandatory for pre-packaged sugar as of July 1.
The announcement was made by agriculture minister, Karl Samuda, at a press conference Friday morning.
The mandatory standards outlining the requirements for labelling, packaging and food safety were gazette in December last year.
Samuda says its implementation will ensure high quality sugar on the retail market.
He says it will also serve as a disincentive for manufacturers that import sugar for use as raw material to divert it to the local retail trade.
Samuda says action will be taken by the authorities in cases where the standards are not met.
Chief Executive Officer of the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority, Lorice Edwards Brown, further explains that an opportunity will be given in some cases for the breach to be remedied.
The agriculture minister says the Consumer Affairs Commission has been directed to exercise increased vigilance in the marketplace as it relates to packaged sugar.