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.