FDA shuts down seven drinking water factories in Yangon

Seven drinking water factories were shut down in Yangon last week for violations of government rules, the region’s Department of Food and Drug Administration said. Two drinking water factories in Hlaing township were ordered closed on August 10 for failing to observe good manufacturing practices, while five others from Hlegu township were shut down on […]

Police to crackdown on illegal gaming shops

At that meeting, U Than Naing Oo, Hluttaw Representative from Pabedan Constituency 1, asked whether there was a plan to classify which type of gambling machines are illegal at the gaming shops in Yangon Region and whether any action will be taken against offenders. “Yangon City Development Committee allows only gaming machines which are imported […]

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 […]

Beer station profits slump as pumps close

Some Yangon beer stations are still flouting a long-ignored law against selling draught beer without a special licence, which local authorities recently started trying to enforce. Those that have followed the letter of the law, meanwhile, are seeing business slump. Most beer stations across the country have served draught beer for many years under an FL17 […]

Draught law causes beer station panic

On Kyar Kwet Thit Street in Yangon’s Tarmwe township, famous because it is home to more than 50 beer stations, dozens of young and middle-aged men and a handful of girls in their 20s enjoyed the nightlife earlier this week. At around 9pm customers were relaxed as they held mugs of draught beer, while the […]

Carlsberg leads petition against draught beer crackdown

Representing around 4500 bars and restaurants, Carlsberg Myanmar plans to send a petition to the government by the end of August, in protest against a recent crackdown on serving draught beer without the right papers, a company spokesperson said. Beer stations across the country have received letters from the General Administration Department warning that the FL17 licence […]

Hopes and hurdles await Myanmar’s new government

A novice administration led by Aung San Suu Kyi and her president proxy Htin Kyaw takes office later this month, facing a raft of challenges – including conflict, poverty and a still powerful military. NAYPYIDAW: Nestled among towers of moldering paperwork, the few flickering computer screens at Myanmar’s information ministry are a sign that change is […]

Foreign wine imports to hit Myanmar’s shelves

Wine suppliers are distributing foreign brands into the local market legally for the first time after the Ministry of Commerce opened the door to imported wine earlier this year, though only a handful of companies have so far been licenced, industry sources said. U Tin Ye Win, a commerce ministry director in Nay Pyi Taw, […]

Simple but Stricter: Gov’t to Issue Fewer Liquor Licenses

The government plans to simplify the liquor licensing system, albeit issue fewer licences, deputy minister for home affairs Brigadier General Kyaw Kyaw Tun told the upper house of the parliament. The general administration department under the Ministry of Home Affairs has the power to issue liquor licences. Last year, they issued 41 different types of […]

Liquor licence fees set to rise

Restaurants and shops selling alcohol will face higher annual licensing fees this year from the Ministry of Home Affairs General Administration Department, according to government officials. U Than Lwin, head of Yangon’s Seikkan township General Administration Department, said a proposal has already been sent to parliament, while his department had notified all liquor vendors in […]