Man­dalay FDA puts food ven­dors sell­ing il­le­gally dyed prod­ucts on no­tice

The Myanmar Times - - News - SI THU LWIN sithul­win@mm­times.com

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

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