September 29, 2003



EU To Reduce Testing of Thai Poultry


EU food safety commissioner David Byrne met his Thai counterpart, Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand, Soraat Klinpratoom to discuss Thailand's role as a prime supplier of poultry in south-east Asia, advocating improved food safety.


Thailand's National Bureau of Agricultural Commodities and Food Standards (ACFS) is the chief regulating body for food safety standards.

During the meeting, Minister Sora-at Klinpratoom expressed his appreciation for the EU's faith in the country's shrimp and poultry industry. The EU had, on January 2003, lifted restrictions on shrimp imports from Thailand and reduce tests on poultry meat from 100% to 20%.

Since March 2002, all consignments of shrimps and poultry from Thailand had to be tested for the presence of residues since the presence of nitrofurans had been detected in imported products from the country. This control system was monitored by the Commission Delegation in Thailand.