A team, led by the Yangon Department of Food and Drug Administration (FDA), conducted a surprise visit to check products in food and cosmetic stores at Theingyi Market and Yuzana Plaza yesterday.
This team included officials from the FDA, the respective township Administrative Department, doctors in-charge of the departments, members of the Yangon City Development Committee and the DOCA.
This action was taken to make the public aware and ensure that no prohibited cosmetic items or food products were being sold in the market.
In addition to this, officials inspected the list of the FDA’s unmodified products, and bought suspicious cosmetics and food products to conduct further examinations.
The FDA will take action under the existing law against store owners or vendors found to be selling prohibited or restricted items for the second time, said Dr Min Wun, head of Yangon Region FDA.
“Prohibited chemicals are being excessively used in food products. Therefore, we are carrying out awareness campaigns for the public and local manufacturers. We cannot take prompt action against the sale of products that are not brought to the attention of the FDA. We will seize those products and publicly call for caution if they are harmful to the public’s health. The FDA will only monitor those products if they are still in a safe condition, said Dr Min Wun.
During the inspection, a few cosmetic and imported food products were found to contain a suspicious chemical dye.
“Currently, a labelling law is being developed. Products should be labelled in English and include the manufacturing date, expiry date, address of the manufacturer and the FDA certificate. After this law is instituted, action will be taken against those sellers, producers and importers marketing and selling the products without the FDA’s approval,” said Dr Min Wun.
The Department of Food and Drug Administration Myanmar is examining the products at laboratories located in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw. “In order to set up laboratories at border gates to inspect food and cosmetic products, we have requested the government to provide land and buildings,” he added.
May Thet Hnin