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    Thai Fresh Produce to Undergo Strict EU Control Measures



    The European Union (EU) has issued strict control measures on fresh produce exported from Thailand, after unacceptable levels of chemical residue was found on six varieties of vegetables imported from the nation, according to Thai Commerce Minister Pornthiva Nakasai.





    London, the 17th of October 2010: Minister Pornthiva, currently on an official visit to the United Kingdom in an attempt to boost bilateral trade between the two nations, revealed the new EU imposed sanctions over sub-standard produce being exported from Thailand.


    The sanctions will apply to six varieties of Thai vegetable, which have as yet remained unnamed and follow similar measures in place on the exportation of eggplant, cabbage, string beans, coriander, lemon balm leaf and sweet basil from the Kingdom.
    Mrs. Pornthiva explained that the measures look set to affect both Thai exports in the fresh produce markets and Thai restaurants operating throughout most European countries. Minister Pornthiva urged the Agricultural and Cooperatives Ministry to assist in the removal of the sanction by enforcing more stringent checks in Thailand before the exportation of such produce.


    According to the terms of the sanctions, all vegetables listed in the EU report will have to undergo strict laboratory testing procedures before they are accepted into the EU for resale or usage. These sanctions increase the cost to Thai exporters by up to 50%, while the risk of spoilage becomes an even bigger issue as the testing procedure takes between 4-5 days to complete.


    Meanwhile, as part of her trip to the UK Mrs. Pornthiva met with a senior executive of Tesco, the nation largest supermarket retailer, and Harrods of London in an attempt to boost the purchase and sale of Thai products in the pairs retail operations.
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    ...a nice little shopping junket to London paid for by the people of Thailand...the minister was recently rumored to be one of the 3 most corrupt politicians currently in government...quite an achievement considering the competition...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveyG View Post
    ...unacceptable levels of chemical residue was found on six varieties of vegetables...
    thai farmers use alooooooooooooot of chemicals in their farming.

    avoid watermelons in particular. cabbages not that much better.
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    In Pechaboon, where tribes have removed hectares of forest to grow cabbage and Thais think that mountain peaks covered in cabbage is a tourist attraction, there are very few insects. The local tribes will not eat the produce they grow. In the morning they are out in the fields spraying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Classic-Chassis View Post
    The local tribes will not eat the produce they grow.
    there's an apocryphal story of a city-dweller watching a farmer chase a wild pig away from his cabbage field.

    "it must be hard work chasing that pig away so it doesn't eat your cabbages..."
    "i'm not doing that, i don't want to poison the pig!"


    loses a bit in translation..., but i think the sentiment is still there.

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    I have a friend who has moved back to the UK because his son has some rare incurable disease caused by insecticide.

    He needed to go back because even though he had a highly paid job he couldn't meet the medical costs and the know how just isn't in Thailand.

    So I say....

    These sanctions increase the cost to Thai exporters by up to 50%, while the risk of spoilage becomes an even bigger issue as the testing procedure takes between 4-5 days to complete.
    Tough

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    I was surprised to learn that Thailand actually exports stuff like cabbage into the EU.

    Egg plant and string beans too.

    I mean how is it being transported, presumably ship?

    To me the closer the supply the better.

    Cabbages from Thailand.

    Makes no sense.

    I'd venture to guess that it's only the big box retailers selling Thai cabbages in Europe.

    Anyway, I'm not going to lose any sleep or cry any tears over the new regulations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by russellsimpson View Post
    Anyway, I'm not going to lose any sleep or cry any tears over the new regulations.
    ...you could always dream of them being applied here...or have you grown fond of your tic?...

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    Quote Originally Posted by russellsimpson View Post
    I mean how is it being transported, presumably ship?
    there's these big things...like metal birds in the sky...

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    Air freighting cabbages from Chaing Mai to Hamburg.

    Yup, makes sense

    A perfect example of the free market gone bad.

    I mean what the hell are you paying for a head of cabbage on the High Street in dowtown London these days.

    Unyway, off topic I know. ......

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