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Ban on trans fats comes into force on January 9, 2019


A vendor removes a (legal) deep-fried chicken from his wok. The ban on ‘partially hydrogenated oils’ has taken effect smoothly, with praise from all parties. (Photo by Pornprom Satrabhaya, Bangkok Post)

Thailand’s ban on artificial trans fats came into effect January 9, 2019, making the country the first in Asean to ban the production, import and sale of partially hydrogenated oils, as well as any food that contains them, said the Public Health Ministry.

Derived from plants through the process of hydrogenation, trans fats have been widely used since the 1950s to fry fast foods. Trans fats are also found in margarine and snacks.

Artificial trans fats have been implicated in health problems, such as heart attacks and other cardiovascular conditions.

“The ban [on artificial trans fats] is aimed primarily at reducing the risk of them causing heart disease and other conditions through food consumption,” he said.

The move has garnered praise from World Health Organisation, according to Dr Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, Minister of Public Health.

“The WHO praised the government’s political will, as well as the inclusive process that it applied to prepare for the ban,” he said.

“Instead of telling stakeholders what to do, the ministry listened to to all stakeholders and gave them the opportunity to prepare for the transition.”

Dr Piyasakol said the WHO also praised the ministry for launching an effective public campaign to urge the private sector to take part in the government’s bid to ban trans fats, and communicate its importance…

The Public Health Ministry on July 13 published an announcement of the ban in the Royal Gazette. The ban came into effect 180 days from the publication date, which was Wednesday.

Over the past three months, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been working with education institutions and the food industry to help ensure a smooth transition, he said.

Food and beverage produces have already recalled products containing trans fats before the ban took effect, said Dr Tharet Karatnaiyarawiwong, secretary-general of the FDA.

As of Wednesday, food importers are required to issue a certificate assuring that their products are free of the prohibited trans fats, he said.

Source: Bangkok Post – https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1608342/ban-on-trans-fats-comes-into-force

Stricter penalties in the food sector: European Parliament adopts new rules on official controls

Stricter penalties in the food sector: European Parliament adopts new rules on official controls

UPDATE: Website change for Thai Bureau of Drug Control

The website of Thai Bureau of Drug Control has been changed to http://www.fda.moph.go.th/sites/Drug/EN/Pages/Main.aspx

Import of Thailand by Product from 2013 to 2016

The total import value during Jan-Nov 2016 decreased by 5.13% comparing to the same period last year.

Import of Thailand by Product from 2013 to 2016

Import of Thailand by Product from 2013 to 2016

Source : The Ministry of Commerce Thailand

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Import of Thailand by Country Jan to Nov 2016

The top four highest countries remain the same rank as per 2015 while South Korea jumped from the 8th to the 5th in 2016. Taiwan and Singapore remain the 6th and 7th respectively in 2016 as same as in 2015.

Import of Thailand by Country Jan to Nov 2016

Import of Thailand by Country Jan to Nov 2016

Source : The Ministry of Commerce Thailand

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Thailand Import and Export Index for Jan – Mar 2016

Exports

Thailand’s overall export value slightly increased by 0.90% or USD479mil in Q1 2016 at USD53,829mil comparing to Q1 2015 at USD53,351mil. The main contribution for the increase comes from Switzerland which jumped from USD536mil to USD1,644mil while the main contribution for the decrease comes from China by USD356mil and Cambodia by USD238.

Thailand Export Index by country for Q1 2016

Thailand Export Index by country for Q1 2016

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Thailand Consumer Goods Import Index as of January 2016

Electrical household appliances remains the highest at USD576.81mil which increases by 21.23% from the previous month. The second highest imported consumer good group including fruits, vegetables, fruit and vegetable preparations went up to USD216.13mil which is 15.61% higher than the previous month. For the third highest group, the value of imported medicinal and pharmaceutical products was at USD211.37 which is dropped by 3.69% comparing to the previous month.

Consumer Goods Import Index as of Jan 2016 P1

Consumer Goods Import Index as of Jan 2016 P2

While the total value of imported consumer goods went down in Jan 2106, it actually follows the same trend as for Jan 2015 which we can see the recovery by the end of the quarter.

Source: Ministry of Commerce (Thailand)

ASEAN Import of Services by AMS and broad categories (in US$ Million)

The latest ASEAN import of services by AMS and broad categories (in US$ million) can be seen as follows which can be seen that Thailand contributes a very large market share among ASEAN members.

Asean import statistic by AMS and broad categories 2014

Source : http://aseanstats.asean.org

Thailand BOI Sponsored Seminar “Australian Company Investment to Thailand” in Perth

The Thailand Board of Investment is currently promoting foreign investment, especially by Australian manufacturing companies looking to expand their business into S.E Asia, with a combined domestic market of over 600 million people, and the AEC commencing in 2015.

Thailand is in an ideal location as a leading economy in the region and gateway into China, India, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore.

Come and hear what local Australian/Thai business people have to say about “doing business in Thailand” and what the BOI has to offer as incentives to FDI’s. BOI will be represented by one of its most senior executives from the Thai government in Bangkok.

A half day seminar will be held at DAFWA theatrette South Perth for the agribusiness sector and Australian companies looking to expand into Thailand and the ASEAN region.

Event venue: DAFWA Theatrette, Baron-Hay Court, South Perth

Date: 22nd February 2016

Time: 08:45 AM – 12:30 PM
For further information about this event, contact Peter Cook AgKnowledge (Perth) on (+61) 8 9291 8111 or (+61) 417 953 957 or cooke@iinet.net.au

Darren McCoy – VC Group (Sydney) on (+61) 407 463 488 or Email: darren.mccoy@vcgroup.com.au

Thailand’s Imported Food Index (Jan – Nov 2015)

From the YoY import food statistics between 2014 and 2015, Singapore still remains No. 1 highest exported food into Thailand even though the total imported value dropped by 3%. USA also remains No. 2 highest exported food into Thailand with the sustainable value.  Since China’s total imported value dropped by 14%, Indonesia came as No. 3 even though Indonesia’s total imported food value dropped by  6% mostly from Thailand’s overall imported food value dropped by 5%.

Thailand imported food statistics 2015

Source: Ministry of Finance, Thailand

 

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