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Thai Food Industry Aims for GMP Certification

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Published on : Mar 16, 2015

Dubbed as “Eat Safe, Eat Smart” is an awareness campaign launched by the Official of Industrial Economics, Industry Ministry. The organization ensures modern and good manufacturing practice for Thai food. 

In order to boost the consumer’s demand in food safety, the food caterers and producers should adopt the GMP technique. It is recognized as the international standard on food production proposed by Udom Wongwiwatchai, OIC director general.  

He added that Thai food should aim for GMP certification. They should strive for this certification for the entire process of food production. This includes cooking, processing, raw materials, preparations, distribution, and serving food to consumers. 

Currently, the revenues of the Thai food industry comprise 23 percent of GDP. However, the annual growth rate of this is 10 percent with anticipation for food export earnings to increase from 300 billion baht to around 1.2 trillion baht by the end of 2018. 

Thai’s year food exports are anticipated to amount to 1 trillion baht. 

The Thai food benefits up to 20 million farmers and yields around 800,000 job positions. There are some 79 Thai food manufacturers that have been certified for GMP. 

Japan stays as the biggest export market for Thai food products. Thailand on the other hand, last year earned 129 billion baht from food exports to Japan. 

The Food Institute of the Industry Ministry has plans to set up SMEs for Thai food in the Japanese markets. There were up to 50 SMEs taken for a business trip earlier this month. The trip was to attend the 40th International Food and Beverage Thai food in Tokyo. 

Also, in a meeting with the Japanese buyers, the Thai food manufactures paid their visits to the food production plant in Hokkaido. This was to understand the Japanese consumers’ food expectations. 

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