July 17, 2013 00:00 By Pongphon Sarnsamak
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered the manufacturer of CoCo-branded packed rice to recall its products from the shelves.
The order came after FDA discovered that some of its products contain high levels of methyl bromide, a pesticide used to kill rice-eating bugs.
Last Friday, the FDA collected samples of packed rice products under the CoCo brand to test for contamination from agricultural chemicals and methyl bromide. According to the he United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) codex, levels of methyl bromide in food should not exceed 50mg per kg.
FDA secretary general Dr Boonchai Somboonsook said his agency sent an official letter on Tuesday evening ordering the Samut Prakan manufacturer to recall the lot of packed rice products tainted with methyl bromide.
The Foundation for Consumers reported earlier finding methyl bromide contamination in the same brand of packed rice products at a level of 67.4 milligram per kilogram.
Boonchai said his agency is now conducting an investigation of the manufacturer's production process and had instructed the manufacturer to recall all packed rice products from shelves until the investigation is complete.