July 8, 2022 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

  by Ramandeep Singh Bhamra

The Myanmar Food and Drug Board of Authority (“FDA“) under the State Administration Council (“SAC”) has issued a notification on labeling standards for pre-packaged foods, called “Labeling Order for Pre-packaged Foods” (“Order“). The Order was followed by two directives detailing the criteria for edibles that do not require a date of production and for a revised classification of edible products (“Directives“). The FDA has also issued a draft guideline on nutrition labeling and nutrition claims for pre-packaged food (“Draft Guideline“). These regulations issued under National Food Law (“Law“) apply to all pre-packaged food and catering services that intend to inform consumers on the quality, potential risks and hygiene of foods for safe consumption.

In the present alert, DFDL draws the attention to some of the salient features of the regulations.

Principles of Labeling

Some of the broad principles to be followed to label pre-packaged foods:

Mandatory Labeling of Pre-packaged Foods

Particulars to be included on labels of pre-packaged foods in line with the Myanmar standards or CODEX standards are:

There are further guidelines provided under the Order on labeling standards, some of which are:

1.  Some instructions on how to describe food names:

2.  Some instructions on how to describe ingredients:

3.  Some instructions on how to describe net contents, quantity and drained weight:

4.  Some instructions on how to declare name, address, and country of origin:

5.  Some ancillary instructions regarding labeling:


Responsibility of Food Business Operator (“FBO”)

Responsibility of Consumers

Caveat Emptor (Latin for “let the buy beware”). Consumers shall be responsible for choosing the right products with the labels and claims, and appropriately using the products or consuming food that conforms with the provisions in this Order.

Public Monitoring

If anyone finds a label or claim that does not conform to the provisions set out in this Order, they may inform and report to the FDA or the committee or organization formed under the Law.                   

Coming into Force

This Order shall not be retroactive for any label of any food locally manufactured or imported before the issuance of this Order on 20 January 2022. Moreover, only the locally manufactured date or date of importation shall be used to determine the effective period specified under this Order, and regardless of whether the label is approved or not before this Order was issued, the provisions herein shall be in force equally. A period of one year starting from the date this Order was issued shall be deemed as the awareness and preparatory periods.

Directives by FDA pursuant to the Order:

As stated in one of the Directives, conditions to be followed are prescribed for changing ingredients’ general class names into specific class names along with providing food additive declarations.

Another of the Directives highlights that food enterprises must carry out activities in line with the following criteria regarding situations in which production dates or packaged dates are not required to be provided on food products:

Conditions in which no damage or loss occurs to the original quality or other qualities such as color, odor, or taste of food products


The information provided here is for information purposes only and is not intended to constitute legal advice. Legal advice should be obtained from qualified legal counsel for all specific situations.



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