MPs discuss motion on preventing dyed food at 2nd Pyithu Hluttaw

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Speaker U Win Myint.

The 2nd Pyithu Hluttaw 4th regular session’s 2nd day meeting was held at the Hluttaw in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, focusing on amendment of the Penal Code and the control of chemically dyed food.
Later during the meeting, Dr A Zin Latt of Shwebo constituency put forward a motion urging the State Government to effectively control and ban the sale of unhealthy, chemically dyed food in markets ,including school canteens across the country.
The motion drew support from legislators.
“The aims of the National Food Law’s section 3 are for the public to have genuine and hygienic food and to protect people from consuming unhygienic and unhealthy food, to systematically supervise the production of controlled food, and to systematically control the production, import and export, storage, distribution and sale of food. This is protection of people with good intentions. The Department of Food and Drug Administration was formed in 1995 as a branch of the Health Department to control the quality of food, drugs, cosmetics and commodities. In 2013, it was upgraded into a separate department to give more supervision than ever. Yet, it was found that FDA could not manage to protect consumers and cases of arresting those producing and distributing unhealthy foods and importers were not found. As for the consumers, due to the lack of basic hygienic knowledge, they cannot decide which food is safe and which food is dangerous. People from the grass-roots level consume food depending on their income, so safe, nutritious and healthy foods are often out of their reach. Myanmar traditional food such as fish paste/ngapi, arsenic and urea fertilizer are found. Within various kinds of chilli powder are found to be contaminated with chemical dyes and fungi, thus it is very dangerous for our country. What is worse, these foods with attractive packaging are being sold at school canteens, which most children rely on as their daily snacks. These foods are of low quality, made in China. If restrictions on these foods cannot be made, children face possible food-poisoning and diseases. It is a danger challenging the lives of the younger generation. For children to be free from eating these dangerous foods, parents, teachers and sellers themselves need to cooperate so that our future will belong to healthy children. For the guarantee of hygienic living and eating of young children, departmental organisations, food producers and sellers of imported food play an important role,” said U Ne Myo Tun of the Htantabin constituency.
U Win Myint Oo, also known as U Ne Myo of Nyaungshwe and parliamentarians constituency supported the motion.
The Union Minister submitted the motion to Hluttaw to approve it, and the Speaker of the Hluttaw announced it was approved.
Yesterday’s meeting also included discussion by Dr Myint Htwe, the Union Minister for Health and Sport, who replied to questions raised by U Aung Than Sein, parliamentarian of the Khamti constituency, as to whether there was an arrangement to upgrade the Paro rural health care centre into the station hospital. U Soe Myint of the Pindaya constituency inquired whether an arrangement was made to upgrade a 50-bed hospital into a 100-bed hospital, and U Win Thein Zaw of the Salingyi constituency asked whether Mataunt Mata village’s rural health care unit would be turned into a station hospital. A question about the 1861 Penal Code amendment draft law was raised by Daw Khin Saw Wai of the Yathedaung constituency.

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