Lasco Urges Govt to Begin Public Education Campaign before Sugary Drinks Tax


Chairman of the Lasco Group, Lascelles Chin, is urging the government to pursue a campaign geared at educating people on the harmful effects of sugar even from starchy products.

He was reacting to Finance Minister Audley Shaw’s announcement of an imminent tax on sugary beverages.

The Minister, yesterday, warned manufacturers of sugary beverages to change the contents of their products ahead of the implementation of the tax.

Mr. Chin says it would be unfair to impose the tax on sugary drinks without taxing other sugar products.

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He says manufacturers have been reducing sugar in beverages. But he says several consumers prefer sugary drinks.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.