Food Safety Forum 2019 (Producers Assembly) was Co-Organized by Myanmar Innovative and Life Science (MILS), Myanmar Consumers Union (MCU) and Food Science and Technology Association (FoSTA Myanmar) at Diamond Jubilee Hall, Yangon University on 28th September 2019. The forum was sponsored by Mekhong Institute, METRO Wholesale Myanmar, and City Mart Holdings Co., Ltd. (CMHL). Welcome speech was given by U Kyaw Thu Htet, CEO, MILS, and keynote speech were given by Dr. Khin Zaw, Director General of Food and Drug Administration (FDA, Myanmar), WHO Representative to Myanmar, Dr. Stephan Paul Jost, a Representative from METRO Wholesale Myanmar, and Agricultural Affairs Officer of USAD, US Embassy Yangon, Ms. Mayra Cladera.
After the opening session, there were MCU presentation by Secretary and two panel discussions. The first panel discussion on “Food Safety Overview in Myanmar” was moderated by MCU Joint Secretary-1 Dr. Mo Mo Tin and Panelists were from U Ye Htut Naing, Department of Consumer Affairs (DOCA), Ministry of Commerce, Dr. Than Aung Soe, Member of Parliament, Representative of Min Hla, Pegu Region, U Win Myint Aung, Director of Group Corporate Affairs (CMHL) as a Representative of Retail Supermarkets, and U Kyaw Thu Htet CEO of MILS as a Representative of Food Safety Solution Service Provider. The second panel discussion on “Implementing Food Safety” was moderated by Daw Win Win Kyi, President of FoSTA Myanmar and discussed by Daw Chaw Nu Nu Aye, Deputy Director, FDA Myanmar, Ada Chai, Director of Communities, One to Watch Myanmar, Dr. Than Than Lwin, Head of Health Department, Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), and Dwight Jason Ronan, Program Coordinator, Mekong Institute (MI)
At afternoon sessions, it was divided into four group discussions namely: HACCP and GMP in Food Processing; Food Labelling and Consumer Relations; Legal Frameworks and Compliance; and Personal Hygiene and Sanitation. Group discussion on Food Labelling and Consumer Relations was facilitated by U Maung Maung, Secretary of Myanmar Consumers Union.