June 29, 2011


Thailand's poultry exports to Japan unaffected by chicken scandal



The recent case of a poultry factory in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, which used dissected dead chicken to be sold at cheaper prices, has had no adverse effect on Thai processed poultry exports to Japan, said Nantawan Sukuntanak, Director-General of the Department of Trade Negotiations.


Japan is confident with the product's quality, given the fact that Japan is well known for its utmost sanitation with tough standard inspection on food safety.


Moreover, the importers and Japanese poultry imports association trusted the quality and safety standards of processed poultry in Thailand since the production process of Thailand is being thoroughly controlled, in line with "food safety" policies.


Consequently, the rise in production has satisfied Japan's consumers who wish to buy in large quantities. Meanwhile, China's products are found to be contaminated sporadically.


Amphawan Pichalai, Director of the International Trade Promotion Office in Japan said that Thailand was one of the remaining countries in the world with the potential in spreading the bird flu virus.


However, Japan was in a stage of high-demand for poultry, therefore it had no options but to rely on Brazil for frozen chicken, while imports of processed chicken from Thailand were on the rise.


The market would grow further if Japan turned to imports of frozen chicken from Thailand. Pichalai observed that Japan normally followed the EU in trade policy and Thailand should lobby for frozen chicken to enter the EU first.

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