MYANMAR bans 101 kinds of fish paste
Posted: May 3rd, 2009 - 9:24am
YANGON -- The Myanmar Health Ministry has banned 101 kinds of fish paste for finding chemical dye Rhodamine B of red color in the commodities on sale in the market which is claimed as not suitable for public consumption, the local weekly Voice reported Saturday.
These fish paste of 37 brands, including some popular ones such as Kinpon, Pinpyoyutnu, Tonetone, Ah Yee Taung, Boma, Super and Shwepazon, contain the chemical dye used for coloring silk, cotton, paper and leather, and for screening diseases in laboratory, the report said.
Fish paste, which is called Ngapi in Myanmar language and represents one of the most favorite traditional food in the country, is consumed with boiled or raw or pickled vegetables as curry food and Myanmar living abroad mostly order this kind of food occasionally for its flavor.