FDA to prosecute for poor food labelling

Writer: 
Ei Thinzar Kyaw
FDA’s unexpected check at the Theingyi Market on May 17. (Photo-Kyi Naing)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will take action against food products that fail to describe essential information from July 1.

The labels must contain the address of the firm, contact numbers, manufacturing date and serial numberexpiration date and FDA certification numbers and licence numbers.

The Ministry of Health and Sport ordered food producers to provide full information on their products by March. After negotiations between the producers and the FDA and Public Health Department officials on April 1, the authorities decided to extend the deadline to July.

Dr Htun Lin Aung at the FDA said: “The manufacturers said they needed more time. So we gave them an extension. But action will be taken against them if they fail to provide the necessary information after July 1The information is mandatory to track the origin of a product.”

The FDA filed 100 cases against food, drug and cosmetic vendors in 2016. 

FDA officials carried out surveillance at stalls selling food, cosmetics, medicines, raw meat and vegetables in Theingyi Market in Yangon on May 17

Product samples from the market will be sent to laboratories in Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw for further tests. 

 

Translated by Nay Thiha