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  • May 17, 2023
  • WTO

Trinidad and Tobago Implements Compulsory Labelling Requirements for Consumer Goods

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Trinidad and Tobago has recently introduced new regulations regarding the labelling of consumer goods. The country's government has implemented compulsory requirements for labelling, aiming to provide consumers with essential information about the products they purchase.

Under the new standard titled "Labelling of goods - General - Compulsory requirements," which applies to all goods used within Trinidad and Tobago, specific guidelines have been established. However, certain exceptions have been outlined in the document.

The standard does not apply to goods or classes of goods for which labelling requirements have already been prescribed in national regulations issued by other government ministries and agencies. This includes goods such as food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, pesticides, toxic chemicals, and agricultural produce.

It is important to note that regulatory activities related to food, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices fall under the jurisdiction of the Chemistry, Food and Drugs Division, Ministry of Health. These regulatory activities are empowered by the Food and Drugs Act and relevant regulations. Similarly, regulatory activities regarding pesticides and toxic chemicals are overseen by the Chemistry, Food and Drugs Division under the authority of the Pesticide and Toxic Chemicals Act and relevant regulations.

The objective behind these new labelling requirements is to provide consumer information and ensure the prevention of deceptive practices while promoting consumer protection. By mandating clear labelling guidelines, the Trinidad and Tobago government aims to enhance transparency in the marketplace and enable consumers to make informed choices about the products they purchase.


Documents: Labelling of goods - General - Compulsory requirements


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