2018-33 - Horticulture Exports Program – Food safety requirements for some fruit and vegetables to Thailand

​​​​​25 July 2018

Purpose

This Industry Advice Notice (IAN) is to advise industry of a change to the Thailand Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) Food and Drug Administration import requirements for some fruit and vegetables.

Summary of changes and key points

Background

The Thailand MoPH Food and Drug Administration notified all trading partners of Requirements for Production Processes, production Equipment, Storage and Labelling of some fruit and vegetables No. 386 BE 2560 (2017). Annex 1 of the notification provided a list of fruit and vegetables. Annex 2 of the notification stipulated the ‘good practice’ requirements for packhouses.

The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources provided a submission to the Thailand MoPH describing Australia’s food control system demonstrating the following industry food safety accredited schemes comply with Thailand’s ‘good practices’ requirements for packhouses:

The department has not yet received a response from the Thailand MoPH regarding the submission, so this advice may be subject to change.

The department does not issue certification to the schemes listed above. Contact the food safety scheme providers for information on how to obtain certification to these accredited schemes.

Exporter responsibilities

The changes to Thailand MoPH food safety requirements do not impact phytosanitary requirements for fruit and vegetables to Thailand. However Australian exporters should continue to check the phytosanitary requirements published in the Manual of Importing Country Requirements (MICoR).

Australian exporters should also communicate with their Thai importers and suppliers to ensure that all Thailand MoPH food safety and phytosanitary requirements are met.

Contact information

If you have any questions regarding this IAN please email Horticulture Exports Program.

Mr David Ironside
Assistant Secretary
Plant Export Operations Branch

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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