TWO food products were found to have either added other substances or dodged the quality standard set by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Thai-language daily Matichon reported yesterday (March 16).
The key inspection reports were signed by the agency’s deputy secretary-general Dr Poonlarp Chantavichitwong.
The first report, dated February 15, 2018, stated FDA’s findings on AA brand mixed chicken and shrimp balls, FDA number 10-1-16050-1-0006, distributed by Advance Food Partnership and produced by Sor Vor Meatball Factory.
Of the collected samples of this product on March 27, 2017, 19.8 milligram of erythrosine color and benzoic acid was found per kilogram of the product which was in violation to the Notification of the Ministry of Public Health on food additives.
The penalty for the violation could be up to 20,000 baht fine.
Additionally, Orange ll color, which is commonly used in textile industry, was also found.
The penalty for the use of such chemicals could be up to 2 years imprisonment or up to 20,000 baht fine or both.
The second report, dated December 28, 2017, was about the inspection results of MAE PRANOM brand Malaengda- flavored Fish Sauce, FDA number 10-1-00728-1-0023. The sample was stamped with MFD (manufacturing date): 220517 and BBE (best consumed before): 220518 and collected from Phiboonchai Maepranom Thai Chili Paste Co., Ltd. on May 22, 2017.
The findings reveal that the iodine amount was 0.82 milligram (mg)/liter which did not comply with the minimum of 2 mg/liter and maximum of 3 mg/liter of fish sauce.
It was deemed non-compliance of the Notification of the Ministry of Public Health on fish sauce by being less than 30 percent of lowest criteria of nutritional value.
It was considered food fraud defined in section 27(5) and violated the section 25(2) with the penalty of up to 6 months to 1 year of imprisonment and 5,000 – 100,000 baht fine.
Top: FDA deputy secretary-general Dr. Poonlarp Chantavichitwong. Photo: Matichon
By Piboon Awasdaruharote