Approximately two months ago the Sugar Industry suffered major loss as three thousand nine hundred tons of molasses found in storage tank number one at the Sugar Factory had reportedly become damaged by Maillard Reaction.


BSI/ASR attributed the reaction to a combination of factors including abnormally high level of reducing sugars and the weather and ambient temperatures.


The company then demanded that cane farmers share the loss of revenues amounting to four hundred thousand dollars. The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, BSCFA, completely disagreed with the company for two specific reasons. The first being that once a delivery has been made to the factory, it automatically becomes property of ASR and second that there is absolutely no agreement which states that farmers must participate in the sharing of losses that occurred during the process of sugar making. The BSCFA is also of the position that the Maillards reaction occurred as a result of negligence by the company in following proper procedures as it relates to the boiling process.

As a result, the BSCFA sent a letter to the both BSI/ASR and the Sugar Industry Control Board (SICB) requesting that an independent investigation be done so as to determine the specific cause of the Maillard Reaction. And since none of the responses seemed to please the BSCFA, its leaders are now seeking legal advice on the matter which will be taken to court.


Screen_Shot_2016-09-07_at_8.01.16_PMOscar Alonzo – CEO, BSCFA


“No tienen derecho de quitarle al canero nada de su pago de la caña para contribuir a la perdida.  Nosotros mismos hemos consultado un abogado y claramente nos dice que tenemos un caso y estamos investigando esta materia más por medio de la corte podemos recobrar lo que BSI nos debe, esto para nosotros es como un robo porque se está notando más y más que esto podría haber sido por una negligencia de la compañía en términos de tener cuidado del producto que afecta a ambos canero y al ingenio.”


CEO of the association Oscar Alonzo highlighted that a sample of the damaged molasses has already been sent to an international laboratory for testing.


Oscar Alonzo – CEO, BSCFA


“Estamos haciendo más investigación y también hemos tomado una muestra de la melaza que enviamos a un laboratorio Internacional para que verifique exactamente que ha causado que se eche a perder esa melaza; nuestro químico tomo una muestra y acompaño al representante de Fair-Trade y en su presencia del tomamos una muestra para que se analice y se indique que realmente causo esa reacción miliar.”


The BSCFA is currently waiting on the results of the sample.

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