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March 02, 2018

Sales of FDA-restricted foods persist at schools and markets in Hlaingthaya

THE sales of foodstuff prohibited by the Department of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) persist in basic education schools and markets in a satellite township, Yangon Region, according to the Consumer Protection Association (CPA).
The association estimated the sales to remain at around 90% in Hlaingthaya township, despite checks being made to locate banned foods. Such checks have been conducted since 2013.
The CPA pointed out the need for the government to exert greater cooperation in its launch of surprise checks to curb junk foods at schools and markets.
The satellite township still sees the continued sales of forbidden foods and household products, regardless of the association’s series of efforts in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
The Department of Food and Drug Administration announced the lists of banned foods through state media in 2013 and 2014 and followed up this action by conducting awareness campaigns.
Shop owners said sales will continue as long as distributors fish for customer delight.
“We use chemical dyes just to attract customers. Nobody will buy things that look pale,” said a woman who sells chicken at a market in Hlaingthaya.
The Customer Protection Association inspected two markets and four basic schools in the township on Tuesday.—Paing Htet (Myitmakha)


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