Democrat seeks clarifying on reported rice imports from neighbours

national July 18, 2013 00:00

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The opposition Democrat Party on Thursday called for the government to clarify a Customs Department's report on imports of rice from Myanmar and Cambodia despite oversupply in the state's stocks.



Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut, said the department’s figure showed that Thailand imported rice from Myanmar and Cambodia at Bt50 million and Bt20 million respectively in the first six months of this year.
 The imports were made after the launch of the rice pledging scheme and it was unnecessary for Thailand to buy rice from other country given excessive supply in the domestic market, he said.
 He added that random checks by the Food and Drug Administration found over-fumigation of rice, resulting in the existence of chemical residues at volumes higher than imposed standard in some brands of packed rice.
 He said the fumigation was done twice at some rice mills to prevent damage to rice in the government’s stockpiles.
 Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra today visited the rice packing plant of CP Intertrade in Ayutthaya's Nakhon Luang district and confirmed that the company’s packaged rice, under the Royal Umbrella brand, was safe for consumption and free from contamination.

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