Agencies Crack Down on Formalin in Food

Officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) say they are using surveillance to monitor when formalin is being using in food products at markets. They have been trying to raise awareness about produce safety at the township and state/region levels. They also plan to educate the villages, FDA officials said. But in order to […]

What potential does Myanmar offer food exporters?

The boom in tourism in Myanmar has inflated local demand for international food brands, while the local food manufacturing base remains very limited in scope. Tourism is expected to continue to grow after the country’s first democratically elected government came into power in April. Myanmar’s ministry of hotels and tourism announced a record 4.6m international tourists […]

FDA Opens Investigation into Nearly a Dozen Coffee Factories

RANGOON — Burma’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has opened an investigation into nearly a dozen coffee factories in Rangoon over rumors of malpractice. A joint committee formed last year by multiple local organizations—such as the FDA, Consumer Protection Association, Consumers Union and City Development Committee—made a surprise visit on Saturday to 11 coffee factories […]

Medicine, Cosmetics Imports to Follow ASEAN Standards

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is set to release official legal guidelines in accordance with ASEAN drug guidelines, the department announced. “In addition to cosmetics, medical machines and devices that are distributed to the market will also be brought in line with ASEAN drug standards,” said Daw Khin Saw Hla, assistant director of FDA. […]

Two Burmese Coffee Creamers Get Green Light From Consumer Protection Group

YANGON — After raising concerns about the possibility of harmful ingredients being added to instant creamers and coffee mixes widely available in Myanmar, a consumer advocacy group says test results for two popular brands have come back clean. The Consumer Protection Association (CPA) announced last month that it suspected some brands contained an inedible by-product […]