FDA Delays Labelling of Food Products

The Department of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that the labelling requirements for local food products will be delayed by three months. FDA Director General Dr Than Htut said that this extension will give food manufacturing companies more time to register their products while also preparing themselves to meet the requirements set by […]

Sell food with Banned Colouring and Get Shut Down: MCDC

​​ Businesses in Mandalay that are selling food containing banned food dye now risk having their shops shut down by the authorities, which have launched an operation to ensure food safety. Closing down a shop is the heaviest penalty the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) can impose on errant business owners. MCDC Markets and Abattoirs […]

FDA to Clean Up the Drinking Water Industry

The Food and Drug Administration is once again taking aim at toxic drinking water, attempting to stop bacteria-laden and unregistered bottles from proliferating in the markets. Last week, the FDA took action against six unregistered and unlicensed water producing factories in Yangon. The six unregistered companies were based in Hlaing, East Dagon, South Okkalapa, Mayangone, […]

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 […]