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 August 9 for operating without permit, the department said.

The five factories that were closed on August 9 carried the brand names Swan, Pho Chit, Myat Noe Eain, Kar Kar, and Rak Thet San Yay, FDA Yangon said.

FDA and related organizations such as Department of Consumer Association, Department of Public Health, Myanmar Police Force, and General Administration Department have been conducting surprise inspections in the region to ensure these factories follow good management practices.

Four other drinking water factories were given warning for not following good manufacturing practices, the department added.

Yangon’s FDA had shut down a total of 17 drinking water factories in Hlegu township and 15 drinking water factories from Hlaing township between July and August for violations.

“We will continue to check the factories in the region. The suspended factories will not be allowed to sell in the market until they comply with the prescribed manufacturing practices,” Dr.Phyo Mang Thet Oo, a staff officer of Yangon’s FDA, said.

The factory has to reapply for approval and would be inspected before they are allowed to operate again, he said.

Source: Myanmar Times