Commerce Ministry opens 500 new Blue Flag food shops across Thailand

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BANGKOK, 16 February 2012  – The Commerce Ministry has reintroduced the state-sponsored economically-priced food products throughout the country. 

Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom said on Wednesday that the ministry has just opened 500 new ‘Blue Flag’ food shops across the country.

The ‘Blue Flag’ campaign has been introduced to consumers as a state-sponsored destination for cheap but quality products.

Mr. Boonsong said that the Commerce Ministry plans to open a total of 8,000 ‘Blue Flag’ food shops within 1 month.

In order to achieve this goal, the ministry is collaborating with suppliers and the Public Warehouse Organization in procuring specially-priced materials for participating shops, such as rice, palm oil and seasoning products.

At the ‘Blue Flag’ shops, a plate of meal must cost only THB25 or charge the prices stated in the Commerce Ministry’s announcement.

The minister went on to say that the latest inspection has shown no fresh products that have been overpriced yet.

In addition, Mr. Boonsong added that he believes the Tuesday blasts in Bangkok will not have any serious impact on the country’s trade. However, he has instructed all overseas trade missions to explain the situation in the country to foreign businesspeople, in order to maintain their confidence in Thailand.