Foodpedia articles, published online on the ChemLinked Chemical Portal by REACH24H Consulting Group, provide an overview of the food industries in eight jurisdictions in Asia. An article on Food Regulation in Thailand, written by Alan Adcock, a partner and deputy director of the intellectual property and regulatory affairs group at Tilleke & Gibbins, provides an overview of the following subjects:
- Food industry in Thailand: Several factors contribute to Thailand being a prime destination for both inbound foreign investors and local exporters in the food industry.
- Thailand food management authority: The main food safety regulators in Thailand include the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, and the National Food Commission.
- Food regulations and standards in Thailand: A number of laws relate to the control of foods in Thailand, with the main regulation being the Food Act B.E. 2522 (1979).
- Control of importing of agricultural goods and foods: Inspection and license requirements are imposed on importers by different regulatory agencies.
- Food supervision in Thailand: The level of supervision required for different foods is based on risk levels and size of production facilities.
- Requirements on special food categories: Food products that are categorized as specially controlled foods must undergo registration with the Thai FDA.
- Food safety regulatory challenges: Non-mandatory standards, enforcement gaps, lack of clear standard operating procedures and scope of authority, and lack of local provisions/ordnance contribute to food safety challenges in Thailand.
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