Group warns of low-quality cooking oil

Up to 80 percent of the vegetable oil sold on the local market is mislabelled, causing headaches for legitimate manufacturers and consumer confusion, according to local vegetable oil producers.

U Khin Soe, chair of the Myanmar Edible Oil Millers Association, said that 90pc of local producers have halted operations due to the spread of cheap, low-quality vegetable oil.

He called on the government to strictly enforce the product labelling regulations.

“Up to 80pc of edible oils sold on the market is mislabelled,” U Khin Soe said, adding that palm oil is being mixed with chemicals and sold as peanut oil.

“The government should ban the sale of low-quality, dangerous cooking oil,” he said.

Under the country’s Consumer Protection Law, product labels must contain product name, type, ingredients, the manufacturer’s name and address, date of production and expiry date, among other essential information.

“Officials of government agencies that are responsible for enforcing the law should follow up on this,” U Khin Soe said, adding that his organisation is ready to help the government and legal experts enforce the law.

Peanuts are being exported to China without restriction, so peanut prices are rising, which is increasing the price of peanut oil, he said. – Translated

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Source : Myanmar Times

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