June 15, 2011


Chicken meat in Thailand mostly safe for consumption



Thailand's Ministry of Public Health has made assurances that most chicken meat sold on the domestic market is safe and free from contamination.


Dr. Somyos Deerasamee, Director General of the ministry's Department of Health, suggested that consumers to be more careful when buying chicken meat, to ensure that the skin of any fresh chicken meat should not easily bruise when pressed and it must not have foul smell. Fresh chicken meat should only be bought at the 3,000 stores or outlets across the country that meet his department's hygienic standards.


Dr. Somyos' remarks followed a raid by Thai livestock officials into four illegal poultry slaughterhouses in Pak Chong District of Thailand's northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima Province. The raid seized nine tonnes of dead chicken - which were later detected to contain toxic formaldehyde and sulphur dioxide, sparking public panic.


The senior Thai health official acknowledged, however, that chicken meat contaminated with formaldehyde or sulphur dioxide, even if cooked, is not safe for consumption as the toxic substances remain in the meat and a high level of those substances in a human body will pose a risk of cancer.

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