International standard of Thai rice, is safe for consumption.

Posted on 22 July 2013 by ABPC

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has reaffirmed the international standard of Thai rice, saying that packed rice is safe for consumption.

In the weekly program “Yingluck Government Meets the People” on 20 July 2013, the Prime Minister expressed the Government’s concern about false reports that rice was contaminated. The false reports would tarnish the image of Thai rice and hurt exports. Farmers would also be adversely affected.

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She urged the public to be confident in Thai rice. Since Thailand is a major rice-producing and exporting country, it needs to maintain the country’s rice quality and standards. Because rice is a staple food for Thai people, the Government also needs to clarify the rice issue in order to ease public worries. The Ministry of Public Health has been instructed to strictly conduct rice tests in all production processes, and the public would be informed about the results.

The Prime Minister believed that rice traders would uphold ethics. They must be honest, as the reputation of their brands is important to the survival of their businesses. She made an inspection of a rice factory in Ayutthaya province recently to boost public confidence in packed rice.

The Prime Minister said that she had talked with entrepreneurs in the food industry and they shared the view that food standards must receive greater attention, as they could add value to food items, especially organic and chemical-free products. The Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, and the Ministry of Science and Technology were told to handle work concerning Thai food to ensure the highest standards.

The Ministry of Commerce has set a target for Thai rice exports in 2013 at 8.5 tons, worth 5.7 billion US dollars, or about 171 billion baht. Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan said that efforts would be made to maintain rice prices in the country at the level that would be competitive in the global market. The export price for Thai rice might have to be adjusted slightly lower, as it was now higher than that of Vietnam and India, which are two major rice producers.

The Government has set four strategies for Thai rice production and trade in the next 10 years, as Thailand aims to become one of the world’s major food sources. In the first strategy, exports of rice of premium quality, such as Hom Mali rice, will receive a major boost. The second strategy seeks to promote the brand of Thai rice and its quality will be strictly controlled at all stages.

The third strategy seeks to develop niche markets for Thai rice in response to the demands of health-conscious consumers. In this regard, organic rice will be emphasized. In the fourth strategy, Thailand will seek regional cooperation with neighboring countries in rice production and exports. This will help develop this region into the world’s food security center.

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