Thai Cannery Accused of Deliberately Mislabeling Product


Neil Ray, SeafoodSource contributing editor, reporting from Bangkok

Published on
February 2, 2009

A major supplier of canned seafood to Thailand’s supermarkets was closed on Thursday after an investigation by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration.

The fish product is from Thong Kingkaew Foods Co. Ltd. It was canned in August 2008 but labeled as December 2008 in what the FDA described as a deliberate attempt to pass off substandard product.

The canned fish was part of a consignment of relief aid for flood victims in southern Thailand’s Patthalung province, but the cans of rotten fish were sent back by villagers. Food aid was distributed by Thailand’s Social Development and Human Security Ministry.

Thong Kingkaew has also been accused of distributing substandard canned foods product under a variety of bogus labels.

FDA General Secretary Dr. Pipat Yingsaree accompanied Public Health Minister Manit Nop-amornbodi to the fish cannery in Samut Sakhon province. The company was found to have violated the Good Manufacturing Practice Standards and could face a 10-year jail sentence or a THB 100,000 (USD 2,859, EUR 2,226) fine.

The FDA has recalled all the products in question while an investigation is under way. 

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