Foreign Ministry denies EU suspends Thai seafood purchases


BANGKOK, June 30 —  Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday confirmed that Europe is continuing to buy seafood from Thailand.

Sihasak Phuangketkeow, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, denied the report that European and American companies had stopped buying seafood from Thailand.

He insisted American seafood importers still had confidence in the standard of Thai seafood.

Mr Sihasak who is also acting as foreign minister said some reports were actually rumors or were based on distorted information.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working together with the Ministry of Commerce and the private sector and within July it will lead a team of foreign affairs, commerce, and social development and human security officials as well as operators to meet important seafood importers in Europe and the United States,” Mr Sihasak said.

He added that a meeting of American seafood importers confirmed their confidence in the standard of Thai seafood and executives of Costco, a large US supermarket network, would visit Thailand to find out if its seafood production met international standards.