Jamaica to introduce new sugar labelling and packaging standards

15 December 2016 (Last Updated December 15th, 2016 18:30)

Jamaica is set to launch new standards for labelling and packaging across all sugar available in the retail market.

Jamaica to introduce new sugar labelling and packaging standards

Jamaica is set to launch new standards for labelling and packaging across all sugar available in the retail market.  

The Jamaican Government has already approved the procedures, which support selling of sugar only in approved packages across the country.

The new packaging will be labelled with list of all the ingredients included in the sugar packs.

Jamaica Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Karl Samuda said: “I told the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) and the entire team that I want that standard in place by the end of December.

“I am determined to go to the root of the problem where the allegation is that manufacturers are importing sugar as raw material and passing it to the consumer through supermarkets, thereby avoiding the appropriate tax that should be paid on it.”

"I am determined to go to the root of the problem where the allegation is that manufacturers are importing sugar as raw material and passing it to consumers."

BSJ and the local sugar producer have also agreed upon the provision of allowing 0.5% moisture content in the sugar.

The government noted that once the manufacturers of the country will be able to maintain the provision, the same information will be labelled on the sugar bag.

Samuda added: “We will continue to strive to get to a moisture content of 0.3% to 0.2% so that the integrity of the sugar can be enhanced even more.”

Located in the Caribbean Sea, the island country of Jamaica is currently one of the major sugar exporter in the world.


Image: Jamaica Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries minister Karl Samuda. Photo: courtesy of Jamaica Information Service.