Connect with us

Business

Phuket Business: Formaldehyde free for the AEC

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

PHUKET: The Deputy Minister of Public Health declared the Baan Saan fresh market in Phuket Town as formaldehyde free, following an inspection tour of the market earlier this week.

The Baan Saan market, also known as the Phuket City municipality public fresh market number 1, is located on Ranong Road, near the local bus (sawng taeo) boarding area in Phuket Town (click here for map).

The recently opened Baan Saan market is being positioned as a model ‘safe and clean’ fresh market ahead of the Asean Economic Community (AEC).

Deputy Minister of Public Health Cholanan Srikaew, joined by Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut and Narong Saiwong, deputy chief of the Department of Health, led the inspection tour as a follow up on the Ministry of Health’s campaign to promote food safety confidence among consumers ahead of the AEC. The appraisal of Baan Saan market follows a series of inspections of Phuket market places since last year, which revealed several cases of contaminated produce.

Mr Cholanan affirmed that the government’s policy is to regulate public food safety, with a specific emphasis on the public and tourism sectors.

In preparation and anticipation for the AEC, which is set to come into full effect from 2015, the government has been monitoring and inspecting the threat of chemical contamination of produce sold at local fresh markets.

The campaign is being spear-headed with the slogan “Phuket Seafood Formaldehyde Free”.

“Food safety is very important in creating confidence among Thai and foreign consumers. Phuket is a [popular] tourism destination that generates substantial income for Thailand.

“Of about 10 local fresh markets, Baan Saan market is a bench mark. Consumers can have 100% confidence in the market as it is fully up to standard, maintains good sanitation and has regular chemical and contamination inspections [conducted there].

“Other than this, understanding about food standards is continuously facilitated between officials and food operators here.”

Dr Narong explained that in addition to formaldehyde, the Health Department were also testing for six other contaminates, including insecticide, borax, sodium hydrosulfite, salicylic acid, salbutamol and formalin.

He went on to cite tests from last year in which 526 produce samples were taken from fresh markets, flea markets and supermarkets from throughout Phuket. Out of these, he said that 15, or 2.85% were more contaminated than the allowed limit.

Of these, 10 of the samples came from Mueang district (Phuket Town and Chalong), including insecticide contamination in eight samples of salted fish, chili paste, cabbages, morning glory and egg plants.

Additionally, two samples of the fern/herb known as “sabai naang” (Drynaria quercifolia) were contaminated with formalin.

Another sample of the herb from Thalang was also contaminated with formalin. In addition to this, four other samples from Thalang were contaminated with insecticides.

These included kale, kawawya (in Thai “Bai Ra“), bell peppers and tomatoes.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand18 mins ago

Good Morning Thailand | New restrictions, new Red Line train in Bangkok, Covid latest

Thailand19 mins ago

Ministry of Public Health says Pfizer vaccine will be allocated correctly, others disagree

Cambodia49 mins ago

Rollout of Covid-19 vaccination for teenagers gets underway in Cambodia

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Phuket1 hour ago

Man goes missing off Freedom Beach, Phuket

Phuket1 hour ago

Phuket tourism sector calls for island to be “green-listed” for foreign tourists – VIDEO

Best of1 hour ago

Phuket’s best day trips and tours

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Business2 hours ago

What is so important about the Sandbox?

Tourism2 hours ago

Thailand’s foreign tourist numbers expected to plummet during 2021

Central Thailand2 hours ago

Nurse dies of Covid-19 a week after receiving first dose of Sinovac

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

Tuesday Covid Update: 18,901 new cases and 147 deaths

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

Government says ongoing vaccination and obeying the rules will drive infections down

Insurgency15 hours ago

Suspected insurgent wanted for murder killed by forces in Pattani

Thailand17 hours ago

Phang Nga reopening and “Phuket Sandbox” island hop extensions postponed

Best of17 hours ago

Bangkok’s 5 best SHA Plus Certified hotels

Best of18 hours ago

Top 5 steakhouses in Phuket

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending