Myan­mar-lan­guage la­bels com­ing in April

The Myanmar Times - - News - AUNG PHAY KYI SOE aung­phayky­isoe99@gmail.com

THE De­part­ment of Con­sumer Af­fairs has set April 26 next year as the dead­line for com­pa­nies sell­ing for­eign prod­ucts to use Myan­mar­lan­guage la­bels as part of an ef­fort to pro­tect pub­lic health and safety.

U Soe Aung, deputy direc­tor of the de­part­ment, said on Wed­nes­day the govern­ment will strictly en­force the new rules to pro­tect con­sumers.

“We will start tak­ing le­gal ac­tion six months af­ter the April 26 dead­line. We asked the opin­ion of the Myan­mar At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s Of­fice be­fore mak­ing this change, and we pro­mul­gated the reg­u­la­tion af­ter pre­sent­ing it to the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee for Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion with the AG’s ap­proval,” he said.

The de­part­ment an­nounced on Oc­to­ber 26, that nine kinds of goods will be re­quired to use the Myan­mar lan­guage on their la­bels alone or with other lan­guages. The new reg­u­la­tion cov­ers in­struc­tions for use, stor­age or con­di­tion; ad­vice on poi­sonous in­gre­di­ents; and pre­cau­tions and pos­si­ble side ef­fects.

The goods cov­ered in­clude food, house­hold ap­pli­ances, chil­dren’s fa­cil­i­ties, com­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment, medicine and food sup­ple­ments, chem­i­cals, cos­met­ics, con­sumer prod­ucts, and pro­fes­sional equip­ment.

Ac­tions that can be taken against busi­nesses that fail to fol­low the reg­u­la­tion in­clude a warn­ing, se­vere warn­ing, rem­edy, tem­po­rar­ily pro­hibit­ing the sale and dis­tri­bu­tion of goods, re­call­ing the goods from mar­ket, de­struc­tion of goods, and sus­pen­sion of busi­ness per­mits tem­po­rar­ily or per­ma­nently, un­der sec­tion 19 of the Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Law 2014.

“Con­sumers will now be able to wisely choose goods and ser­vices with high qual­ity for their safety, health and sat­is­fac­tion. They will fully un­der­stand what they are buy­ing and know the rights. On the other hand, en­trepreneurs will pay more at­ten­tion to con­sumers,” U Soe Aung said.

The most com­mon goods that run afoul of the la­belling reg­u­la­tion are chil­dren’s fa­cil­i­ties and cos­met­ics, said the de­part­ment.

Photo: Thiri Lu.

Women shop­ping at Yan­gon’s Junc­tion City in July.

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