By Achara Pongvutitham,
Source of Article: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2009/02/25/business/business_30096563.php
The Foreign Trade Department
Foreign Trade Department together with the Thai Rice Exporters Association
will meet with
president of the association, said yesterday that
Otherwise, the country may
lose the lucrative market to the
Chookiat pointed out that food exports to
"Thai rice exports to
"We found aflatoxin affected only one bag of rice from a big-lot shipment of 10,000 tonnes," he said.
Cadmium contamination was also detected several years ago in Tak. The soil affects the quality of rice production, as some mining was established there. However, the government has imposed stringent quality restrictions on the area to ensure food safety standards.
As a result, the rice plantation area in the province has dropped sharply to no more than 1,000 rai. The province even has to bring rice in from nearby provinces to support its consumption.
"Even if rice were found with cadmium contamination higher than our standard, the rice would be burned immediately," Chookiat said.
It is impossible that rice from the province will be exported, he said.
The government has encouraged farmers in the province to grow other short-life plants and fuel crops, he said.
Rice quality has been raised
as one of the sticky political issues regarding food safety in
The Japanese government has
also turned to ordering medium-grain rice from the
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