Mandalay FDA puts food vendors selling illegally dyed products on notice
THE Mandalay branch of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working with Mandalay City Development Committee’s market and slaughterhouse departments to inspect food being sold at shops after some products were found to contain chemical dyes not permitted by health regulations.
A Market Department official said vendors were warned on October 27 that authorities would take action against offenders, possibly to the point of shutting down and confiscating their shops.
“Twenty shops were found to be using [illegal] chemical dyes out of 100 shops when we inspected with the FDA the last time,” U Zeyar Nyein, head of MCDC’s Market Department, told The Myanmar Times yesterday.
“They have been warned privately. If the chemical dye products are found again at their shops, their shops will be closed temporary. If the chemical dye products are found many times, their shops will be confiscated as the committee’s property … The ingredients of the dyes should be exactly described,” he added.
Chilli powder, food colouring and bamboo shoots were the most common products to be discovered containing inappropriate chemical dyes, according to a list compiled by the Mandalay FDA.
Tea leaves and fish paste were less likely offenders, said U Kyaw Kyaw, deputy director of the Mandalay branch FDA.
“There still are no shops that had action taken against them even though the chief minister and the mayor have directed that action be taken against shops selling chemically dyed food products. Those shops that are still selling chemically dyed products after this warning will be shut down next inspection,” U Kyaw Kyaw told The Myanmar Times yesterday.
As part of the government’s “100 days” initiatives launched earlier this year, the FDA took steps to raise its profile with the aim of improving health-related education in schools, cracking down on potentially harmful foodstuffs and destroying expired medicines being peddled by pharmacies. – Translation by San Layy