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Black market fills the gap as drug quotas create shortage of opioids

Low domestic production and strict controls on the import and distribution of opioid medicines has created a shortage of pain-killing drugs, forcing some to turn to the burgeoning black market for relief. A CALM and peaceful atmosphere prevails at the U Hla Tun Hospice, a palliative care facility in Yangon’s East Dagon Township where treatment […]

Few food producers in Mandalay have proper certification: FDA

There are only about 100 food businesses that have received the approval of the Food and Drug Administration in Mandalay Region, said U San Win, chair of the Mandalay office of the Myanmar Food Processors and Exporters Association. Although there are over 3000 food-related businesses in Mandalay, the number of business with FDA approval is […]

Efforts to curb illegal bottling of water

The government will take action against people and businesses bottling water improperly for sales to the public in Yangon, says U Ye Htut Oo, chair of the Myanmar Drinking Water Entrepreneurs Association. It is difficult to control the prices of bottled across townships in Yangon, as the city’s area is wide and illegally bottled water […]

Myanmar oil millers body targets FDA certification for 150 mills by 2020

The Myanmar Edible Oil Millers Association (MEOMA) will help millers in the entire supply chain get approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to the Myanmar Trade Promotion Organization (MYANTRADE). This move is aimed at eradicating illegal sales in the market and ensure a firm market for producers, said an official with MEOMA. […]

Confusion emerges after foreign liquor ban

At a liquor store in downtown Yangon, bottles of whisky and wine are on display. Upon closer inspection, one soon notices that wines from Argentina to New Zealand are for sale, but only whiskies made locally are available. “Foreign liquors are not on display because we are not allowed to sell them,” the sales assistant […]

CNI Holdings suspends MLM business in Myanmar

CNI Holdings Bhd has suspended its multi-level marketing (MLM) business activities in Myanmar after local authorities banned the use of such methods. In a filing with Bursa Malaysia today, CNI said the Ministry of Commerce Myanmar had on Sept 18 issued a notification prohibiting the business of MLM in Myanmar. As a result, its indirect […]

Legislation in the works to regulate multi-level marketing

Following the government’s prohibition of multi-level marketing via a notification dated September 18, consumer rights advocates and other experts have come out to say more must be done to educate the public about the drawbacks of the system. The notification from the Ministry of Commerce says those found operating MLM-type businesses will face legal action […]

Retailers hit with liquor import ban

Liquor retailers are no longer allowed to sell imported brands, as it is a violation of Ministry of Commerce regulations. The ministry hasn’t allowed the import of alcohol, beer and cigarettes, except by duty-free shops and a few high-end hotels, since the days of the military government. However, the General Administration Department under the Ministry […]

Medicine importers urged to weather kyat’s woes

A national trade group has urged importers and exporters of medicine and medical equipment to charge fair prices and not interrupt supplies to hospitals, clinics, doctors and patients because of the US dollar’s high exchange rate. “Our association has no administrative power, so we appeal to importers and exporters of medicine and medical equipment, in […]

Govt bans MLM firms

The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) on September 18 issued notification (46/2018) which prohibits the business of multi-level marketing (MLM) in Myanmar. The ban will take effect immediately. Action will be taken against all MLM businesses found to still be in operation after the date of the issued notification, under the Essential Supplies and Service Law. […]