Im­ports or­dered to have la­bels in the ver­nac­u­lar

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The gov­ern­ment would soon im­ple­ment reg­u­la­tions that would com­pel for­eign prod­ucts sold on the mar­ket to have la­bels in the Myan­mar lan­guage, a se­nior of­fi­cial says.

IM­PORTED goods must have la­bels and in­struc­tion man­u­als in the Myan­mar lan­guage within six months or they could be taken off the mar­ket, ac­cord­ing to the Con­sumer Af­fairs Depart­ment.

U Myint Lwin, direc­tor gen­eral of the depart­ment, said a di­rec­tive will be re­leased within a month for la­bels and in­struc­tion man­u­als of all im­ported prod­ucts to be trans­lated into Myan­mar.

“We’re work­ing so that it can be re­leased this week,” he said at a press con­fer­ence at the min­is­ter’s of­fice, adding that the di­rec­tive is ready for re­lease but some mi­nor mat­ters still need to be dis­cussed.

The di­rec­tive will take ef­fect six months af­ter its re­lease.

“We will grant a grace pe­riod of six months, dur­ing which im­porters need to work with for­eign sup­pli­ers to meet the new re­quire­ment. This is a na­tional duty,” U Myint Lwin said.

The di­rec­tive is in line with the 2014 Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Law, he said, adding that in the first stage, im­ported prod­ucts can dis­play in­struc­tions on a sticker but will even­tu­ally have to change it to a printed la­bel.

If im­porters fail to fol­low the di­rec­tive af­ter six months, they will face ac­tion, said U Swe Tint Kyu, a direc­tor of the depart­ment.

“This will in­clude re­vok­ing of li­censes. We could also limit the time of goods dis­tri­bu­tion or take the prod­ucts off the mar­ket,” he said.

More­over, er­rant com­pa­nies will have to pay com­pen­sa­tion if their prod­ucts harm any­one.

The need to in­clude the Myan­mar lan­guage in in­struc­tions is very im­por­tant, es­pe­cially for medicine, so that con­sumers can learn about al­ler­gic re­ac­tions and other side ef­fects.

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