Dear Barbados Free Press,
Have you had any luck finding out what exactly T&T are objecting to about the Pine Hill packaging? The local print media just seem to take what PHD tell them as gospel. But I wonder whether the Trinis are asking the same question that many Bajans want the answer to “How can PHD call their milk fresh milk when it has a shelf life of months?” Is it possible that the T&T Government is providing the consumer protection that we ought to have here? If so, maybe we should stop complaining about their unfair treatment of PHD and thank them for doing the right thing? Just a thought… PS I am not a Trini!
UPDATED: July 5, 2012
It looks like you were correct, the dispute is over product labeling. Here’s the story from Caribbean360.com…
Trade impasse between Barbados and TT over for now
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday July 4, 2012 – Swiftly following on the heels of the news that Prime Minister Freundel Stuart declared that Barbados would be moving to address the current trade imbalance that exists with Trinidad and Tobago, officials of Pine Hill Dairy are reporting a resolution to their seeming impasse with Trinidadian authorities.
Reports are that Chief Executive Officer of Banks Holdings Limited, Richard Cozier, who travelled to Trinidad yesterday (July 4) for a meeting with the Trinidad and Tobago Chemical, Food and Drug Agency, has brokered a deal that will see the Barbadian milk returning to Trinidadian shelves.
After returning home yesterday afternoon, Cozier told the media that authorities in Trinidad also agreed to allow the Barbados company to sell its existing “disputed” packaging of evaporated milk, fresh milk and flavoured milk, until it could change the labels.
In return, Cozier said Pine Hill Dairy (PHD) had agreed to change its “non-compliant” labelling within six months…
… continue reading this article at Caribbean360.com – Trade impasse between Barbados and TT over for now