Restaurants in Thailand come in all shapes and sizes, from gourmet restaurants located in leading hotels to small street side food carts. While standards of food safety are generally high, this is not always the case.
This week the Commerce Ministry was urged to make food safety a priority and make sure that high standards can be found right across the board. Although all areas of Thailand are being looked at, one main focus area is the northern city of Chiang Mai, which often escapes scrutiny.
Veerasak Jinarat is the vice minister of the Commerce Ministry. In a recent interview with The Nation he said that: “The country’s export problems with fruits and vegetables come down to a supply shortage, unpredictable production volume and, most importantly, lower quality than required by international standards.”
Over the next few months the Commerce Ministry will be working closely with members of the EU to make sure that food standards are high. Also involved with the project are the Federation of Thai Industries, the Board of Trade and the Thai Fruit and Vegetable Producers Association.