Health, Safety Red Flags Shutter Mandalay Chili Sauce Factory

By The Irrawaddy 15 January 2016

RANGOON — Mandalay municipal authorities have ordered a local chili sauce enterprise shuttered after discovering that the production process presented fire hazards and deeming the product itself unfit for human consumption.

A raid by the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) and other municipal authorities on Thursday found few fire safety measures in place at the Quail Chili Ketchup factory in the city’s Aungmyaythazan Township, with production missteps including use of hot pans on wooden floor upstairs.

“The ketchup production process was found to be using broken rice, dye and unknown chemicals rather than other relevant ingredients, like tomatoes,” a statement released by MCDC said.

Products from the factory seized in the raid have been sent to Burma’s Food and Drug Administration for further inspection.