Several major food chain outlets yesterday pulled Ramsaran’s Dairy Products from their shelves in response to a social media post by Naila Ramsaran, the daughter of the company’s owner, which compared People’s National Movement supporters to “cockroaches” and “loafers” in an apparent emotional response to the party’s 22-19 victory over the United National Congress in Monday’s General Election.
Ramsaran subsequently apologised for the statement and was fired by Ramsaran’s Dairy Products but this did not ease the backlash.
Following are statements from the companies which took the action yesterday.
Massy Stores Trinidad operates as a responsible retailer and we make every effort to align ourselves with partners who hold similar values. We have listened to our customers and have taken a decision to remove Ramsaran products from our shelves at this time and temporarily suspend ordering of this product. – Massy Stores
As a responsible retailer, Xtra Foods makes every effort to align itself with partners who hold similar values to ours. We value our customer’s feedback, and we listen to them. As such, we have decided to remove Ramsaran products from our shelves at this time and suspend the ordering of this product at all our stores. – Xtra Foods
Subsequent to feedback from our customers and listening to sentiments expressed by the wider community, the West Bees Supermarket team has decided to remove Ramsaran products from our stores at this time and temporarily suspend ordering from this vendor. We at West Bees believe in the message enshrined in our National Anthem that “here every creed and race find an equal place” and look forward to the continued partnership with our vendors who feel the same. – West Bees Supermarket
We have been an organisation based on equality and built on the foundation of our core values. We have respect for the laws of T&T and the fundamental rights of our citizens. We embrace our national watchwords and we embrace, “Every Creed and Race find an equal place.”
As a responsible corporate citizen and a member of the Supermarket Association, we join in listening to the clarion call of our customers and we have removed from our shelves with immediate effect Ramsaran’s Products and temporarily suspend ordering of this product. – Persad’s D’ Food King
The JT Allum Group of Companies stands firm with a zero-tolerance towards discrimination of any kind. As a result, we have terminated all purchases of the Ramsaran products with immediate effect and have removed all existing stocks from out JTA supermarkets. The JT Allum Group continues to foster an environment of fairness and equality, where every creed and race can truly find an equal place. – JT Allum Group of Companies
The Supermarket Association of Trinidad and Tobago (SATT) takes note of the very derogatory statements made by a member of the Ramsaran Family.
These divisive and inflammatory comments do not belong in our multi-ethnic society.
We recognize that given the rich diversity of cultures and ethnicities in our cosmopolitan nation that these actions will not be tolerated.
We are advising all our members that a boycott of all Ramsaran’s Dairy Products is to be undertaken immediately. This will stay in place until such time that the company seeks the appropriate remedial action in a consistent and satisfactory manner.
SATT recognizes the keen values which underscore the fabric of our society and is prepared to uphold the fundamental right that every creed and race is given an equal place and will adopt this policy until further notice. – Supermarket Association of T&T