Six entities registered to sell retail sugar, new regulations set to take effect tomorrow
The National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA) is reporting that six entities have been certified to sell sugar on the retail market as the new regulations on labelling and packaging are set to take effect tomorrow.
Chief Executive Officer of the NCRA, Lorice Edwards Brown, says only these six entities are allowed to retail sugar at present.
Edwards Brown is warning retailers of sugar that failure to comply with the new labelling and packaging regulations will result in a fine of three million dollars and imprisonment for three years.
The NCRA CEO is urging all retailers to ensure that all sugar that is not properly labelled and packaged are removed from shelves.
She is also urging consumers to be vigilant and ensure that only properly labelled and packaged sugar is bought.
Edwards Brown says registration is ongoing and any entity can make contact with the NCRA to become compliant.
The labelling and packaging regulations are being enforced as part of measures to improve the quality and safety of sugar sold to consumers in keeping with international food safety standards.
In complying with the new regulations, sugar retailers will be required to remove some grain sizes; include more details on labels; and ensure that the sugar is packaged in facilities with a food safety system.