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Phuket health office exonerates tourist store of overloaded preservatives in curry paste

Phuket health office exonerates tourist store of overloaded preservatives in curry paste

PHUKET: Dr Thanit Sermkaew of the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office has publicly assured that curry pastes at sold at the tourist-popular Khun Mae Ju stores are not overloaded with preservatives.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 12 September 2019, 05:17PM

Dr Thanit made the announcement as at a press conference held at the Khun Mae Ju store in Thalang yesterday (Sept 11).

The press conference was held in the wake of consumer groups voicing their concerns after conducting tests of their own on products sold at the store.

The tests allegedly found that curry pastes sold at the store contained illegally excessive amounts of sorbic acid. (See story here.)

“We sent some samples to be examined at the Regional Medical Sciences Center 1 in Chiang Mai, and the results showed that no preservatives were found in the products,” Dr Thanit said.

“The factory of the Khun Mae Ju store has been open for years, and Phuket Provincial Public Health officers come to inspect it every three years to ensure the quality of their production process. So far, the factory has passed the quality inspection every year with the score 96.74,” he added.


Wirawan Tiuwpredit of the Khun Mae Ju store, which is very popular with Thai tourists, told the press that production methods at the store’s production facility were upgraded to “high-tech” in 2006.

“All products pass through the process of sterilisation, in accordance with Ministry of Public Health regulations and certification according to ISO 9001: 2000,” she said.

“After the Foundation for Consumers said they had found excessive preservatives in our curry paste products, it obviously decreased our sales, especially the products sold through our online store,” Ms Wirawan said.

“We confidently confirm that there are no preservatives in our curry paste products. We have already reported the results of the (health office) tests to the foundation and want them to publicly announce the right information about our products,” she added.

“We confirm that our products pass Ministry of Public Health standards. The foundation will hold a press conference to apologise for revealing wrong information and reconfirm that our products have no preservatives,” she said.

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Kurt | 13 September 2019 - 15:29:28

Interesting. Now the question. Do we trust tests of private consumer organisations, thai or international, for tests of food, water quality, etc, or do we feel ok with tourist welcoming massage tests of Phuket health officers who for the sake of tourist figures/money play figures down to 'very safe'? Remember before when Germany tested Patong beach water? Very much worse than government te...

BenPendejo | 12 September 2019 - 19:13:05

I wonder if this is as reassuring as the Environment Department declaring that the waters off Patong Beach are clean...no pollutants...even though they refused to publish the test results.  I would be interested to see a new round of testing by consumer groups.  Let's have some transparency...best way to reassure consumers!


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