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Gov’t issues new sugar guidelines for Jamaica

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Kingston, Jamaica July 17, 2017 The Jamaican government through the National Compliance & Regulatory Authority (NCRA) has issued new guidelines for sugar packaging which carry steep fines if not followed.

The guidelines which took effect July 1 state that all sugar for sale must be packaged, sealed and labelled. The revised standards require detailed labelling. New labels must include product name, brand name, net content, name and address of manufacturers, distributors, importers or vendors, storage conditions, country of origin, lot identification, date markings, and instructions for use. Facilities preparing sugar for sale are also now required to implement food-safety systems and all potentially hazardous foreign materials must be removed from packages before sealing.

The NCRA has warned that breaching these guidelines can result in confiscation of product and steep fines.

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