Department of Foreign Trade advises improvement of cassava product quality

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BANGKOK, 9 September 2012  – Mr. Surasak Riangkrul, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Foreign Trade, revealed that over the past 2 to 3 years, Thailand’s cassava products, especially cassava chips, have been the subject of complaints from importers.

The complaints involve poor quality and standard of the products with a lot of contaminants, making the export and shipment of the products difficult. A large amount of dust found in the exports of cassava chips have caused environmental impacts on the industries using them as raw materials.

As a result, orders for the Thai exports have been on a decline. China, for instance, has switched to buying Vietnamese products. The price of cassava within the country has also fallen.

Mr. Surasak suggested that in order to prevent foreign countries to cite the aforementioned issue as a protectionist measure to restrict imports from Thailand, Thai manufacturers should quickly improve the quality of cassava chips. Furthermore, government units involved in quality inspection must be more stringent in enforcing related rules and regulations.

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Correspondent : Itiporn Lakarnchua

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