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Thailand opens first chilled poultry market in Singapore

May 07. 2020
Photo credit: Centre fpr food safety
Photo credit: Centre fpr food safety
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By The Nation

The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is pushing a new policy for the export of new agricultural products.

The Department of Livestock Development has been continuously coordinating with the Singapore Food Agency until they agreed to expand the scope of Thai products to include chilled poultry meat.

In the past, Thailand was able to export only frozen poultry meat, said Sorawit Thaneto, director-general of the Department of Livestock Development.

Singapore classifies chilled poultry products as high-risk products since the product is chilled, stored at 0-4 degrees Celsius, can be cooked immediately, had good taste and is fresh but has a short shelf life, while frozen products are stored at temperatures not less than minus 18 degrees Celsius and have a long shelf life.

"Singapore is a country with confidence in the safety of poultry products and has accepted the Department of Livestock Production overseeing poultry meat production, which has measures to control Salmonella. There is the monitoring of veterinary drug residues and contaminants in the chicken/duck meat raising system and animal feed that is used in raising. This expansion in export will help generate jobs in poultry production with an expected export volume of not less than 1,000 tons, worth Bt100 million," said the director.

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