Thai Exporters Warned to Improve Seafood-Processing Standards
Thailand's Foreign Trade Department is warning its exporters to improve their seafood-processing standards to ensure they meet the standards set by the European Union, the Financial Times reported today.
Director-General Apiradi Tantraporn said Thailand's Overseas Commercial Office in Brussels said the EU may ban frozen seafood imports from some countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations due to concerns over hygienic problems.
Tantraporn said the EU has since Jan. 1 ramped up inspections of seafood imports such as frozen squid and shrimp and canned squid.
Tantraporn added that some products did not meet EU standards and have been placed on a warning list. She cautioned Thai exporters to improve their seafood-processing standards to avert an import ban from the EU.