The Jamaican Government has released new standards stating that all brown sugar in the local retail market must be adequately packaged and labelled.
The new revised standards, which revoke the 1985 Order, have been put into effect after the Jamaican Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda signed and published the order document.
Samuda explained that the revised standards would address the concerns of impurities present in brown cane sugar and are in line with a strategy to move the country’s sugar industry towards world-class operation.
Under the new norms, lower percentage moisture must be maintained in the product and all producers and pre-packers must have an approved food safety system in place as well as their products should be labelled.
Samuda further said that appropriate labelling should include information such as net content, instructions for use, name and address of manufacturers, distributors, importers or vendors will serve to guarantee traceability of the product.
The standards were finalised following discussions by the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) with targeted stakeholders, including sugar producers, re-packagers, and members of supermarket chains, sugar regulators and marketing companies.
The new revised standards will be effective from 1 July for packers of brown cane sugar and on 1 January 2020 it will be applicable for the producers and manufacturers of brown cane sugar.
Image: Government of Jamaica has released new set of rules for brown sugar packaging. Photo: courtesy of Jamaica Information Service.