Consumer Affairs Minister Emma Hippolyte has expressed concern over the amount of sugar consumed by Saint Lucians.
“Don’t talk about sugar. You should be discouraging people from consuming sugar because of our high incidence of diabetes,” she told reporters who raised the sugar issue.
Hippolyte also said that the reporters should be instructing people regarding global supply chain problems.
On the sidelines of parliament on Tuesday, she recalled about a week ago, Saint Lucia received five containers of sugar from Barbados – a total of 2500 bags.
Hippolyte, whose responsibilities include Commerce, Manufacturing, Business Development, and Cooperatives, said the assumption was that the shipment would be enough for a month.
“It’s all gone. We are consuming too much sugar and we need to have that conversation,” the Soufriere MP asserted while disclosing that Saint Lucia was awaiting another shipment.
She called on consumers to buy and not hoard the commodity.
Hippolyte said that based on her Ministry’s analysis, small community shops were not getting sugar as they should.
As a result, she said the Ministry was working to address that issue to improve distribution.
In addition, Hippolyte disclosed that the government is continuing to work to address the matter of rising prices.