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School warned not to serve 'Peekaboo' meatballs after factory raided: FDA

School warned not to serve 'Peekaboo' meatballs after factory raided: FDA

An international school in Pathum Thani has been warned not to serve meatballs it recently purchased for student lunches, following a raid on the factory that produces the "Peekaboo" brand of meatballs, officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Saturday.

Initial tests found Peekaboo meatballs were contaminated with the banned food additive borax, they said.

The factory had been operating for about two years, producing up to 800 kilogrammes of meatballs a day, before it was raided on Thursday.

School warned not to serve \'Peekaboo\' meatballs after factory raided: FDA

It sold its Peekaboo meatballs at more than 40 wet markets in Bangkok, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan, its owner, identified only as Samrit, told officials.

It had just sold 65kg of Peekaboo meatballs to an unnamed international school in Pathum Thani for student lunches, FDA officials said.

The school has been warned not to serve the meatballs to students, they said.

School warned not to serve \'Peekaboo\' meatballs after factory raided: FDA

FDA officials, and police, were acting on a tip that the factory, located in Khlong Luang district, was not complying with food-safety production regulations.

The factory was also using excessive amounts of food preservatives and failing to conduct quality-control checks.

It was also mixing chicken with pork in meatballs it advertised as being 100% pork, officials said.

School warned not to serve \'Peekaboo\' meatballs after factory raided: FDA

Samrit has been charged with failing to comply with food-safety manufacturing standards and false advertising, police said.

He will be charged with producing contaminated food if further tests confirm the initial tests finding borax in his Peekaboo meatballs, FDA officials said, adding that tests will be conducted for other chemicals.

They seized more than 30 bags of meatballs, 13kg of pork and chicken, packages of the preservative sodium benzoate, and three meatball-making machines with meatballs inside them.

School warned not to serve \'Peekaboo\' meatballs after factory raided: FDA

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