BANGKOK (Bernama) – Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has introduced three measures to strictly check apples, especially those imported from the US, to ensure safe apples for local consumers, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.
FDA Deputy Secretary-General Dr Paisarn Dunkum told journalists on Monday that the newly-introduced measures were in response to the US Food and Drug Administration’s informing Thailand recently of its recall of Gala and Granny Smith apples under the Granny’s Best and Big B brands of Bidart Bros Co.
The products are suspected to be contaminated with listeriosis bacteria and could harm consumers, particularly newborns, pregnant women, the elderly and those with immune deficiency.
The Thai FDA deputy chief stated that staff of FDA’s Laem Chabang checkpoint in the Thai East have been checking apples imported from the US based on the three newly introduced measures.
According to the Thai FDA deputy chief, the three measures include blocking Gala and Granny Smith apples of the “Granny’s Best” and “Big B” brands by Bidart Bros and sending such products back to their origin, if found.
Officials were also collecting samples of Gala and Granny Smith apples of other brands for examination at the Thai Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Medical Science and asking importers of such products to suspend their sales pending the examination.
Thai FDA officials will collect samples of general apples from their checkpoints for examination for the sake of surveillance.
The senior official noted that the measures will also be implemented by provincial health officials at retail and wholesale markets nationwide for consumer protection.a