BANGKOK, 26 June 2011 – Director-General of the Department of Trade Negotiations, Nantawan Sakuntanak disclosed that International Trade Promotion Office in Japan had reported the case of a poultry factory in Nakhon Ratchasima had dissected death chicken to be sold at cheaper prices did not cause any effect on Thai processed poultry exports to Japan since Japan is confident with the product’s quality, given that Japan was well known for its utmost sanitation with tough standard inspection on food safety.
Moreover the importers and Japan Poultry Imports association trusted the quality and safety standards of processed poultry in Thailand since the production process of Thailand is being controlled thoroughly to be in line with “food safety” policy. Consequently, the rise in production has satisfied Japan consumers who wish to buy in large quantities. Meanwhile China’s products are found to be contaminated sporadically.
Ms. Amphawan Pichalai, Director of the International Trade Promotion Office in Japan said that Thailand was still one of the countries with potential in spreading birdflu virus but Japan was in a stage of high demand of poultry therefore Japan had no options but to rely on Brazil in frozen chicken, while imports of processed chicken from Thailand were on the rise. The market would grow further if Japan turned to import frozen chicken from Thailand. She observed that Japan normally followed EU in trade policy and Thailand should lobby for frozen chicken to enter EU first.