KINGSTON — Cabinet has approved drafting instructions to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel for amendments to the Standards Act, the Processed Foods Act and related regulations.
Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, made the disclosure on May 12 post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.
He informed that proposals are being made to amend the legislation, which governs the processed foods industry, to increase the penalties and fines for breaches to more realistic levels, and to make them more effective in deterring unlawful trends and practices.
“Cabinet was informed that unacceptable practices have been observed in the agro-processing industry, which could have effects on the health and safety of local and international consumers, and could threaten the sustainability of Jamaica markets for processed foods overseas,” he stated.
By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter