Dye-free cer­tifi­cates to be given out at Zay Cho mar­ket

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

CER­TIFI­CATES will be dis­trib­uted to de­serv­ing shops in Zay Cho mar­ket in an ef­fort to­ward a chem­i­cal dye-free mar­ket by the end of this year, said an of­fi­cial of Man­dalay City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee.

“To be able to la­bel Zay Cho mar­ket a dye-free place, we are in­spect­ing every shop three times be­fore giv­ing them the cer­tifi­cate stat­ing that they com­ply with the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FDA) and MCDC’s stan­dards,” U Kyaw San Myint, com­mit­tee mem­ber of MCDC told The Myan­mar Times.

“If the shops are dye-free for all three in­spec­tions, we will give them a card. But we will con­tin­u­ously keep ex­am­in­ing them. If we find dyes, we will re­voke the cards,” he added.

The ini­tia­tive to award dye-free rec­om­men­da­tion cards was submitted to the mayor, who is also the min­is­ter for Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and will also be pre­sented at the meet­ing of the re­gion govern­ment and Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FDA), U Kyaw San Myint said.

Com­pared with the first eight months of the pre­vi­ous year, shops within Man­dalay mar­kets sell­ing food and other prod­ucts con­tain­ing banned dyes and chem­i­cals have been re­duced to half due to in­spec­tions and pros­e­cu­tions car­ried out against shop own­ers, ac­cord­ing to the statis­tics from the FDA Man­dalay.

In Au­gust 2016, 353 out of 1223 items sam­pled had traces of il­le­gal dyes and chem­i­cals. In au­gust 2017 out of 1222 items taken for ex­am­i­na­tion, only 193 con­tained re­stricted colour­ings, Ac­cord­ing to the statis­tics.

“The amount of dyes is ob­vi­ously less than the pre­vi­ous year. We are aim­ing for a dye-free mar­ket in Zay Cho this year. If Zay Cho abides by the re­stric­tion, other mar­kets will fol­low. We will give dye-free cer­tifi­cates to the shops for con­sumers’ pro­tec­tion. The cards have al­ready been de­signed. They will be granted af­ter ex­am­in­ing the goods,” said U Kyaw Kyaw, deputy di­rec­tor of FDA in Man­dalay.

The food shop own­ers of Zay Cho wel­come the dye-free cer­tifi­cates, they said.

“We are happy be­cause we can sell dye-free ma­te­ri­als. We can trade freely. We were sell­ing prod­ucts wor­ry­ing they would con­tain for­bid­den com­po­nents in the past. The card will ben­e­fit both con­sumers and mer­chants,” said a chilli pow­der shop owner from Zay Cho 28th street.

“Peo­ple like red or yel­low bam­boo shoots in the past. Now, aware­ness pro­grams are be­ing car­ried out. Thus, they do not buy coloured bam­boo shoots any­more and mer­chants stop sell­ing those. They buy and eat fish paste and chilli pow­der with nat­u­ral colour­ing in­stead,” said Daw Than­dar Htwe from Aung Myay Tharzan.

Dur­ing the ad­just­ment pe­riod, tests were con­ducted re­peat­edly which led many shops us­ing for­bid­den com­po­nents to close down, said U Za­yar Nyein, head of mar­ket de­part­ment, MCDC.

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