Three meat inspection laboratories to open in Taninthayi Region

MEAT inspection laboratories are to be opened at the Myanmar -Thai border crossings of Htikee and Mawtaung, located in Taninthayi Region, according to the regional Department of Livestock Breeding and Veterinary.
Department head Dr Nyan Lin said the opening of the laboratories will allow for the testing of meat products entering into Myanmar from neighbouring countries in the run-up to the beginning of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).
“The opening of the laboratories will allow us to conduct inspections of meat-related products being imported into the country from abroad. Permission to import such products into the country will only be granted upon a letter of recommendation from the laboratories. It will allow consumers to be more assured that it will be no longer be easy to import food products such as frozen chickens into the country,” he said.
In order to be free of danger from food products imported from foreign countries, not only will a letter of recommendation from one of the laboratories from the meat’s country of origin be required, but the products will be checked again at border point laboratories, according to the department.
This process also applies to domestic exports of meat products to foreign countries: permission for export will only be granted upon receipt of a letter of recommendation from a laboratory.
“A laboratory will also be built in Dawei simultaneously to those on the border to prevent lengthy delays if products have to be sent to Yangon for testing should there be outbreaks of avian flu in neighbouring Thailand. There is also a need for a laboratory to be built in Thailand,” Dr U Nyan Lin added.
Construction of the aforementioned laboratories this year will be financed by the regional budget and will cost K740 million, with K220 million to be used for the Htikee and Dawei laboratories and K300 million earmarked for the laboratory in Mawtaung. The building of the laboratories will be completely financed by the regional budget, while the Union government will provide financial support equipment and staff expenses. Construction of the three laboratories is expected to be completed by 2017. — Myitmakha News Agency

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