Safeguard consumer rights: A call for genuine, quality products

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Irrespective of socio-economic status, individuals from diverse backgrounds all share a common struggle to meet three fundamental needs: sustenance, clothing, and shelter. These necessities are universal, forming an integral part of daily life that cannot be overlooked or dismissed. Consequently, regardless of their financial standing, all people are consumers in their own right, thereby entitled to consumer rights.
The term “consumer” encompasses not only the acquisition of edible items but also the procurement of various essential materials for daily living, including capital goods, intermediate goods, and manufacturing products. Despite their diverse nature, all these products contribute to the well-being of consumers in their everyday lives.
Foremost among these needs is the requirement for food, a critical component of daily sustenance. The food trade sector necessitates effective technological management to mitigate potential hazards within the food supply chain. Adhering to the World Trade Organization regulations, the Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement and the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Agreement are essential for preventing dangers to humans, plants, and animals.

Deceptive practices in the food industry include substituting original products with inferior alternatives, mislabeling commodities, smuggling of substandard goods, illegal additions to products, production of counterfeit items, and mixing with other substances. In Myanmar, the populace faces critical issues such as the adulteration of edible oils and the proliferation of low-quality and illegal medicines. It is crucial to recognize that seemingly minor problems can escalate into significant challenges within the realm of consumer affairs.

Prioritizing consumer interests mandates that the production chains for all food items adhere to stringent safety measures. Participants in the food supply chain must implement technological strategies to prevent potential dangers and deliberate threats, thereby safeguarding consumer rights. Simultaneously, authorities must institute robust food security management systems to counter manufacturing and food processing malpractices.
Deceptive practices in the food industry include substituting original products with inferior alternatives, mislabeling commodities, smuggling of substandard goods, illegal additions to products, production of counterfeit items, and mixing with other substances. In Myanmar, the populace faces critical issues such as the adulteration of edible oils and the proliferation of low-quality and illegal medicines. It is crucial to recognize that seemingly minor problems can escalate into significant challenges within the realm of consumer affairs.
In Myanmar, governmental and relevant authorities actively combat malpractices in consumer affairs, penalizing those who violate consumer laws in producing and distributing food items. Simultaneously, social organizations play a pivotal role in raising awareness about consumer rights and broadening consumers’ understanding. While challenges persist in the domestic market, collaborative efforts between authorities and consumers are essential to address worsening problems in consumer affairs. Implementing proper food processing rules and techniques is imperative for the collective well-being of all consumers.

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