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Laos temporarily bans seafood from Thailand after Covid-19 outbreak

Caitlin Ashworth



PHOTO: National News Bureau of Thailand

Following a Covid-19 outbreak at a major fishing hub in Thailand, neighbouring Laos has banned seafood imports from the Kingdom due to fears that the seafood could be contaminated with the virus.

More than 1,200 people in Samut Sakhon have tested positive for the coronavirus, with cases concentrated around a seafood market in Mahachai and largely affecting the migrant population in the area.

Lao authorities immediately halted all imports of both fresh and frozen seafood from Thailand due to fears that seafood could be contaminated with the virus and potentially be transmitted in Laos, according to the Laotian Times.

The Lao Ministry of Industry and Commerce issued a notice banning Thai seafood, adding that the Food and Drug Department will coordinate with Lao and Thai authorities to quickly find a solution. The measure will remain in effect until both countries can confirm the products are safe and free from the coronavirus.

SOURCES: Laotian Times | Nation Thailand


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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    I am sure the Laos will manage. They have the Mekong River for fish, and lakes.
    In fact Lao exports fish.

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      Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 7:56 pm

      You must be kidding, you can fish in Mekong? In Laos, locals fish in fish ponds.

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        Issan John

        Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 8:24 pm

        I hate to say it, but Toby A’s quite right – the Mekong’s one of the best known fishing sites in Asia, with giant catfish up to 300kg!

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    James Pate

    Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Laos does not have a coastline. I wouldn’t eat seafood there anyway.

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      Mr cynic

      Friday, December 25, 2020 at 2:06 am

      I’ve always been surprised by this obsession with eating seafood as far as possible from the coast.
      I think there must be more fresh seafood places in chiang mai than in phuket!
      Shipping fresh lobsters,crabs and shrimps 100’s of km inland in a hot humid place,what could possibly go wrong!

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        albert zweistein

        Friday, December 25, 2020 at 3:54 am

        That fish etc. comes from fishfarms.

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    Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    Dirty Thai fish not good. Dirty Thai fish.

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    preesy chepuce

    Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    It must be tricky to find a mask for a catfish, tuna, prawn or squid.

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    Social Observer

    Friday, December 25, 2020 at 5:15 am

    People can not be infected with Covid-19 from food.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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