Thursday, August 16, 2012

Food inspection to start in two border towns

Thursday, 16 August 2012 13:18 Yadanar Oo

Rangoon (Mizzima) – Burma's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will conduct a food quality control program on imported food in Myawaddy and Muse, according to an FDA official.

“The main objective is to control imported food containing unsafe chemical food dye, low-quality food and expired foods,” said Dr. Tun Zaw, the FDA deputy director.

With the cooperation of the Ministry of Commerce, food inspection centers will also be established in 11 other border towns along the Thai-Burmese border and Sino-Burmese border, said Dr. Tun Zaw.

The FDA started food control activities in 1997 in Burma. In mid-2012, FDA found that unsafe cooking oil was imported into Burma through border towns, prompting it to take legal action against the importer and sellers of the cooking oil.

FDA offices in Rangoon, Mandalay and Naypyitaw handle food that is imported into Burma on planes and ships.

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