BANGKOK, 26 April 2012 – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has brushed aside concerns about mad cow disease recently detected in a farm in California, confirming that it will not affect Thailand.
FDA Secretary-General Md. Pipat Yingseri said Thai people should not panic over the mad cow case in the U.S. since the FDA has strict measures against the disease. According to the Ministry of Public Health Announcement No. 296 issued in 2006, meat and related products from 24 countries with the risk of mad cow disease are banned in Thailand, except for dairy products, cow skin, boneless meat, gelatin and collagen from animal skin, all of which require particular import document.
Most imported meat in Thailand is from Australia which is not in the list of 24 countries.
The secretary-general said the FDA was closely monitoring the mad cow disease situation with many countries and confirmed the FDA would prevent suspicious products in every way possible.
(NNT : Chindarat Bovornboriharn)