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May 12, 2022

No S.I. Means Cost of Flour Should Not Go Up

Any increase in the cost of flour is illegal and if supermarkets and stores are caught selling this commodity at a higher price they will be dealt with by the Ministry of Food Security. That’s the message coming from Minister Jose Abelardo Mai as reports have been surfacing that the cost of flour has gone up. The price hike in this commodity was predicted by the Belize Bakers Association, who some weeks aback raised the price of a sixteen-ounce pack of bread to two dollars and fifty cents. This was due to the increase in production cost because the price of raw materials had skyrocketed.  On Wednesday, Minister of Blue Economy, Andre Perez, told News Five that the cost of flour had gone up, but today, Minister Mai says that G.O.B. has not issued any statutory instrument to signal an increase in this commodity so it is illegal if the price has gone up.


Jose Abelardo Mai, Minister of Agriculture, Food Security & Enterprise

“There is no S.I. yet that indicates that there is a change or an upward adjustment to the price of flour on the market. So if flour is being sold on the market above the controlled price, it is illegal until cabinet makes the approval. So that yet had not been approved by cabinet. It is still in discussion; we are still in discussion with the bakers and with Belize Mills on the matter.”


Jose Abelardo Mai


“Do you have officers going into the stores to see the people who are raising the prices?”


Jose Abelardo Mai

“Yes an order was given that our supplies control unit must visit and if they are selling about the controlled price, they will be charged.”

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