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Taiwan rejects ChaTraMue Thai tea shipment due to insecticide levels

Caitlin Ashworth

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Taiwan sent back a 5-tonne shipment of Thai tea mix after the country’s Food and Drug Administration found traces of insecticide that exceed the limit.

The ChaTraMue mix for the orange-coloured milk tea is widely available in Thailand. The company Cha Thai International says the products are safe and the level of pesticide residue is within safe limits, in line with the regulation set by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration.

The 2 countries have different regulations when it comes to the amount of insecticide residue allowed in food products. The Thai FDA limits the maximum residue level of the pesticide Fipronil to 0.005 parts per million (ppm) while the Taiwanese FDA set the levels to a maximum of 0.002 ppm.

Other shipments of ChaTraMue instant tea mix, also known as “Number 1 Brand Tea,” have been allowed to enter Taiwan in the past. The brand was established in 1945 and has branches in 8 countries including in China and Hong Kong. The instant tea is imported and distributed in Taiwan by the Taipei-based company Bos Lifestyle.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Pieter Wilhelm

    Friday, November 6, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    “The company Cha Thai International says the level of pesticide residue is in line with the regulation set by Thailandโ€™s Food and Drug Administration.”

    That’s completely irrelevant Cha Thai International, the standards of the country you are exporting to apply!

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, November 6, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Yes Thai regulations on drinks should be doubted if it enables exporting Thai produce.
    Anyone check it really is tea?
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    lol

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    Khun plastic

    Friday, November 6, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    This reminds of the time they decided to export Mekong to western countries.

    It was quickly stopped when tests on it showed it was not fit for human consumption.

    high levels of either formaldehyde or eythal alcohol were found in it.

    Can’t remember which probably down to my fondness for the product at the time.

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    Mike

    Friday, November 6, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    Toby Andrews raises a good question. You don’t see Cha Thai products in Europe because they cause problems with labelling etc. This stuff can only very loosely be described as ‘tea’. It’s a terrible product with many artificial additives.

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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 bachelorโ€™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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Family sues prime minister, CCSA after Covid-infected relative dies

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The family of a man who died while infected with Covid-19 is demanding the prime minister, as well as other government officials, pay millions of baht in compensation, citing “negligence” after calls to Covid-19 hotlines went unanswered or were not of help.

35 year old Kunlasub Watthanaphon died on April 23. Kunlasub is said to have contracted the virus from a cluster in Bangkok. Many of the clusters of infections early in the recent outbreak were concentrated in nightlife districts in Bangkok including Thong Lor and Ekkamai.

When Kunlasub developed Covid-19 symptoms, he called the hotline numbers for those who think they make have contracted the virus. If he had received proper treatment quicker, the family says he might still be alive.

“The CCSA announced telephone helplines โ€“ 1330, 1422, 1668, 1669 and 1323 โ€“ for people who suspected they had contracted Covid-19. When my brother developed Covid-like symptoms he called these numbers. However, they were either busy or someone picked up but did not send help right away.”

Kunlasub had documented his illness on Facebook, posting updates, as well as photos and videos, up until the day of his death.

The death of the 35 year old man, who is well known in the esport, or video competition industry, sparked controversy. One person wrote on Facebook after Kunlasub’s death “My friend didn’t die because of a congenital disease. He died because he wasn’t treated in the early days.”

The case was filed at the Administrative Court today. It demands compensation of 4.53 million baht from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration as well as PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, his secretary and the prime minister’s office.

The family is also suing Thong Lor entertainment venues, where the first clusters were reported in the recent outbreak, for negligence.

โ€œHad the CCSA imposed a strict lockdown on entertainment venues and banned travel during the Songkran holiday, the latest wave of Covid-19 with over 2,000 new infections daily would never have happened.โ€

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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Foreigners may face a slight delay in receiving their Covid-19 vaccines, The BMA has now confirmed 8 clusters of Covid infection in the capital, Thai Private Hospital Association is now working to offer a variety of Covid-19 vaccine brands to Thais and Patong police have announced that the managers of the Phuket venues that hosted the Kolour entertainment event swill be charged under Thailandโ€™s Emergency Decree provisions.

 

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FILE PHOTO: The Thai stock market followed the rest of the world down yesterday, but long-term prospects may be looking up.

After US inflation exceeded targets and increased 4%, global stock markets including Thailand plummeted yesterday with fears of rising interest rates. Almost 144 billion baht was traded yesterday with the market at one point diving down 70 points in the late afternoon before recovering to a 23.72 point loss, closing at 1548.13.

2% is a high rate of inflation so the big numbers sparked fears that the US Federal Reserve will reduce quantitative easing and increase interest rate which decreases the market’s liquidity. The US economy is surging with the Consumer Price Index up 4.2% over last year.

The balancing out of the economy will likely push risky prospects like the stock market down while driving up commodity prices like energy and oil. This may hurt the Stock Exchange of Thailand in the short run, but will likely have long-term positive effects as the SET has a large number of energy stocks that will benefit from the market’s change.

Some long-term investors in Thailand fear quantitative easing and the market’s tightening because it drives away foreign investors which in the past made up 30% of the Thai market. But now foreigners only account for 20% so the negative effect should be much less. However, in the normal inflation range of 1 to 3%, the stock market should have a price-to-earnings ratio of 20 and some experts have downgraded it to 18 now.

Eyeing the US, some experts predict that even accelerated quantitative easing won’t come into effect until the end of the year and interest rates probably won’t rise significantly within the next 2 years. Watching the continued effect of the Covid-19 pandemic and US unemployment figures will be key indicators driving the global market up or down.

Even with the stock market down in Thailand, there’s still some good news as Thai corporations listed on the SET expected to cross the 200 billion baht profit threshold this week, after reporting 180 billion baht in the first quarter of the year, with 55% of the market recording a profit.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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