The Myanmar Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has not approved the sale of baby food online.
Although some baby formula and food selling is now selling online, it does not have FDA approval.
“Most the brands and types selling online are similar to products in the market,” said an FDA official. “However, we can’t check thoroughly where these products come from or how they entered the local market.
“We are just checking supermarkets and wholesale and retail shops that are distributing officially.”
Myanmar introduced the “Order of Marketing of Formulated Food for Infant and Young Child”, a code adopted from the World Health Organisation’s International Code of Marketing Breast Milk Substitutes, into its National Food Law on July 24, 2014.
It is aimed at regulating the sale and promotion of infant formula and promoting the importance of breastfeeding until a child is at least six months old.
However, a lack of government enforcement means milk formula companies are getting away with breaking the law, and incorrectly labelled products continue to line the shelves of Myanmar’s major supermarket chains.
Some brands sell online are half the price of the legal producst, but they lack FDA registration.