FLASHBACK: A shopper places a pack of rice into their grocery basket while shopping at Super Quality Endeavour, Chaguanas. Photo ISHMAEL SALANDY.

FINANCE Minister Colm Imbert yesterday gave the full list of the items the Government proposes to make free of VAT on November 1, 2021.

In a news release, Imbert said he was clarifying the Government’s policy decision regarding the list of basic foods being considered for zero-rating for VAT, and to clear up misinformation that is being spread in the public domain.
The list comprises the following items:
• vegetable/soya bean oil;
• olive oil;
• coconut oil;
• canola oil;
• ghee;
• peanut butter;
• black pepper and other spices;
• family cereal;
• kid’s cereals;
• hot cereal oats;
• milk substitute;
• condensed milk;
• instant coffee;
• ground coffee;
• steel cut oats
• black tea (3kg and under)
• green tea (3kg and under)
• orange juice
• apple juice
• still water (bottled water)
• seasoned meat
• sausages, canned or otherwise packaged
• canned tuna
• canned mackerel
• canned peas
• canned beans
• canned corn
• canned mixed vegetables
• mayonnaise
• ketchup
• roti skin
• soup (packaged)
• geera (crushed or gound)
• soya chunks
• soya minced
• ground dhal
• cheese slices
• table butter
• pigtail
• ham slices
• turkey slices
• chicken lunchmeats
• bologna
• fresh juice
• biscuits and crackers


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This is one of the conclusions of retired Appeal Court judge Stanley John, who was appointed by the former Bliss Seepersad-led Police Service Commission (PolSC) to enquire into allegations of corruption in the issuance of FULs.

With the World Health Organisation (WHO) giving the green light for children aged five to 11 to be vaccinated against Covid-19, the Ministry of Health is preparing to begin rolling out its vaccination programme for that age group.

The Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus is at the stage of community spread.

So said epidemiologist Dr Avery Hinds yesterday as he noted the detection of the variant in a number of people who had no recent travel history.

Hinds was speaking during the Ministry of Health’s virtual news conference yesterday.

A suspended police constable who was last attached to the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) was arrested after a shoot-out with police officers in Champs Fleurs on Friday evening.

The officer, who is from Valencia, was held with a firearm and several rounds of ammunition.

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