Thailand tightens pesticide residue rules for fresh produce imports

Updated Sep 3, 2020
According to the new guidelines, produce items imported into Thailand will now be classified into three categories based on their risk level, namely, “very high risk,” “high risk” and “low risk.” The types of fresh produce and names of producers, sellers and exporters that fall under the very high risk group are those found to be noncompliant with Thai regulations regarding pesticide residues. With respect to China, approximately 30 produce items, including oranges, dragon fruit, pears, lychees, apples, grapes, mandarins and fresh dates from 182 companies, are listed under this category. The Thai FDA’s Import-Export Inspection Division conducted a pesticide-testing program on fresh produce in fiscal year 2018/19. Those types of fresh produce whose noncompliance rates exceeded 20% are listed under the high risk group. Items that fall under this category include cherries, citrus fruits, strawberries, grapes, dragon fruit, sweet peas, celery, coriander, Chinese kale, Chinese broccoli ...
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