THE Mandalay City Development Committee yesterday confiscated bean paste, chili powder and fish paste that were deemed unfit for public consumption. Action is being taken against those who sold the inedible food.
The confiscation of the foodstuff took place at four markets in Mandalay following the combined efforts of the committee’s three departments dealing with sanitation, health and markets and slaughterhouses.
According to laboratory experiments, dyes and formalin were found in the three types of food being sold at the markets, said Dr Thwin Kyaw Kyaw of the MCDC.
Such tampered foods are not allowed to be sold for public consumption as the misuse of formalin and dyes in the preservation of bean paste, fish paste and chili powder is very bad for public health, said the MCDC member.
All the food that was seized from the shops will be incinerated immediately and those who failed to meet food safety measures will be fined and their businesses will be banned, he added.
According to the MCDC, regular and surprise checks are being carried out in markets across the country to remove unsafe food from shops and to ensure better public health by strengthening food safety measures.
Min Htet Aung (Mann Sub-printing)