Salada Foods Jamaica Limited (SALF) has advised that SALF, having filed in the Supreme Court of Judicature of Jamaica, an urgent application against the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA) for, among other things, leave to apply for judicial review to seek orders certiorari and mandamus for the decision taken by JACRA that pursuant to Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority Regulations 2018 Section 19, “Salada must now include 30% local coffee content in the production of our instant coffee powder with effect on September 1, 2020”.
“On Friday November 13, 2020 Justice Nembhard delivered an oral judgment denying Salada’s application in which she ruled, among other things, that JACRA had the power under the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority Act to make regulations including regulation 19 and that instant coffee manufactured by the Salada was the subject of Regulation 19. She further ruled that JACRA had no power to grant a waiver to the requirements under regulation 19 and accordingly Salada could not have a legitimate expectation that a waiver should be granted.
“The Judge advised that a written judgment will be provided. Salada awaits same to assess the reasons given therein by the Judge for denying its application,” stated SALF.